Hospice Care Providers and Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of providing expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support resources for people who have been diagnosed as terminally ill. Hospice care may be considered for anyone doctors believe to have a life expectancy of less than six months. Usually at the point of needing hospice, active treatment aimed at recovery stops and hospice care is initiated. Hospice care focuses on producing the best possible quality of life in the patient’s remaining time. Generally, this care is provided in the patient’s home or at a hospice facility. Some hospices also offer services in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or hospitals.
In most states, hospice care is covered by Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid.
Assisted living represents a long-term care option for seniors. Assisted living can come in many forms, as the term is often used by various senior living communities who offer some form of care assistance. Typically, assisted living facilities fall somewhere between an independent living community and a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. Most assisted living facilities offer services for those who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, bathing, dressing, medication management or assistance, bathing, and transportation, but stop short of offering 24 hour care. According to the National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, there are over 31,000 assisted living communities nationwide serving almost one million seniors. Assisted living facilities can come in the form of a multi-room home, an apartment style complex, a hotel like structure or even a high-rise building.
Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities provide care for individuals who need access to 24 hour nursing care and assistance with daily activities such as bathing, getting dressed, and eating. These facilities offer the highest level of supervision and medical services for residents including medical monitoring and treatments. Residents typically include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities may also provide physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness. Staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Some nursing homes are set up in a hospital-like environment, while others offer more of a sense of community. Social activities and amenities offered vary by location.
Dementia care or memory care facilities are for people who have diagnosed with memory loss and who need help. They provide a safe and secure place with professional staff that is trained to care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In many facilities, staff members undergo special training to help with communication and to help residents manage dementia symptoms like sundown syndrome, wandering, or combativeness. Memory care facilities can operate as an entire residential facility or stand-alone building, or they may operate out of a separate wing of an assisted living community or nursing home called special care units (SCUs). Memory care units have 24-hour support, private and semi-private rooms, and locked and alarmed premises to help ensure the safety of residents. Most facilities offer daily activities to help combat the effects of memory loss.
Palliative Care Services
Palliative care offers treatment to manage the physical and emotional impact of a serious illness. This type of care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The ultimate goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with serious illness. It focuses not just on a patient’s physical and medical needs, but also on their emotional, social, and spiritual needs. As with hospice care, palliative care services can also provide support to the patient’s family.
Palliative care is not just for people who might die soon. It is a resource for anyone with a long-term chronic disease such as heart failure, cystic fibrosis, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS and others.
Residential Care Facilities
Residential care facilities, group homes or personal care homes offer personalized service to smaller groups of adults or seniors. In addition to providing accommodations, residential care facilities typically offer meal services, social activities, laundry services and assistance with daily living activities. To be eligible for residential care facilities, an individual usually must be able to live somewhat independently and able to handle most daily functions such as bathing, dressing and eating without assistance. Requirements vary by state with regard to what type of care must be offered. Residential care facilities are smaller in scale than assisted living facilities, and usually house no more than 6 occupants. Most facilities operate within traditional homes in residential neighborhoods. Some facilities have options for sharing rooms which can bring down the costs.
Continuing Care Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRC’s typically provide units for both healthy residents and those needing assistance, including full-time nursing care. This type of living arrangement is helpful to couples who may be in need of different levels of care. A Continuing Care Community assures the care recipient independent living as long as possible, while providing for nursing assistance if or when it is needed. A major benefit of a CCRC is that you can live without assistance and not have to deal with moving to another type of facility when you do require partial or full-time care assistance. This is referred to as “aging in place”. There are more than 2,000 CCRCs in the U.S., with many operating as a non-profit. Expect to pay a sizable entrance fee in addition to monthly rental rates which can range from $2,500 to more than $3,000 depending on location, amenities and how much care is required.