WHAT IS A NURSING HOME?

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What is a nursing home? A nursing home is the highest care environment for today’s seniors that require the skilled nursing services of a physician, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist or a respiratory therapist. These facilities are mostly paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. A nursing home is usually used more for a short term rehabilitation stay than as a long term care facilities option unless the senior is on a Medicaid program.

Most seniors will never need a nursing home due to the increased services that assisted living and Dementia/Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Communities can perform. Private pay is rarely used in this care setting due to recurring cost ranging from $250.00 to $400.00 per day. Nursing homes are considered the most restrictive environments for seniors.

Special licensing is required in certain states.

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WHEN TO CONSIDER A NURSING HOME?

The good news nowadays is that there are many alternatives to a nursing home.  The bad news is that families and physicians don’t know about them.  Nursing care these days are for the sickest of the sick.

Twenty years ago, any senior could check themselves into a nursing home, even if they only needed supervision.  Now, most seniors that go to a nursing home are being admitted short term after a hospital stay.  Traditional Medicare will only pay for nursing care after a hospital stay of 3 nights, and that is only if there is a true medical need for round-the-clock nurses.

WHAT ARE SOME ALTERNATIVES TO A NURSING HOME?

Senior Living options and alternatives to a nursing home include Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities.  Most seniors and families that call a CarePatrol Advisor claim that they need a nursing home, when in fact, assisted living would meet their needs much better.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF A NURSING HOME?

The average national cost of a nursing home is over $8,200 per month.  This can easily go as high as $100,000 per year.  Alternatives to a nursing home are much more affordable and can deliver a higher quality of life.  Call your CarePatrol Advisor to discuss if your loved one is appropriate for an alternative to a nursing home, like assisted living, memory care, independent living or an in-home caregiver.

The good news nowadays is that there are many alternatives to a nursing home.  The bad news is that families and physicians don’t know about them.  Nursing care these days are for the sickest of the sick.

Twenty years ago, any senior could check themselves into a nursing home, even if they only needed supervision.  Now, most seniors that go to a nursing home are being admitted short term after a hospital stay.  Traditional Medicare will only pay for nursing care after a hospital stay of 3 nights, and that is only if there is a true medical need for round-the-clock nurses.

Senior Living options and alternatives to a nursing home include Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities.  Most seniors and families that call a CarePatrol Advisor claim that they need a nursing home, when in fact, assisted living would meet their needs much better.

The average national cost of a nursing home is over $8,200 per month.  This can easily go as high as $100,000 per year.  Alternatives to a nursing home are much more affordable and can deliver a higher quality of life.  Call your CarePatrol Advisor to discuss if your loved one is appropriate for an alternative to a nursing home, like assisted living, memory care, independent living or an in-home caregiver.

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