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Elderly Care

Also called skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. Patients typically suffer from severe illnesses including cardiac and respiratory diseases or are recovering from a serious injury such as a hip fracture, so they are unable to care for themselves. Today’s convalescent homes provide skilled medical attention-such as physical therapists and licensed physicians-as well as gourmet dining services.

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Services

Skilled nursing homes offer 24-hour supervised care with meals, activities and health management and support for residents. Communities usually have a licensed physician or nurse on the premises and often have physical and occupational therapists to cater to their residents’ needs.

Here are some of the basic services offered in nursing homes:

Comfortable private, or semi-private, rooms

Three daily cooked meals

Housekeeping and laundry service

Speech therapy, pain/medication management, and hospice care

Exercise and physical therapy programs

Social programs and activities

24-hour staffing and personal assistance

Many nursing homes are also stocked with medical equipment, such as oxygen machines, electronic beds, and pharmacies to cater to their patients’ needs. Some facilities also provide Alzheimer’s care, with special facilities and layouts for those who suffer from dementia.

Pricing

Nursing home cost is dependent on whether your stay is short-term or long-term. Short-term stay is generally for those who have been hospitalized due to injury or illness and require supervised care while recovering. Fortunately, most short-term care is covered by Medicare for those eligible to receive benefits.

Long-term care stay cost is affected by the following factors:

Size of room

Whether a room is private or semi-private

Geographical location of the community

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