Nursing Home Checklist - This checklist will help you
be prepared when making the move to a nursing home, including
required forms, financial information and medical tests.
Nursing Homes: Skilled Nursing Facilities for Seniors
Unlike assisted living facilities, which offer patients
assistance with some or all basic living activities such as
bathing, eating, dressing, cooking and housekeeping, nursing homes
provide intensive, long-term medical care to seniors with serious
health conditions in a fully staffed and monitored facility.
Cost of Nursing Homes
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 stay cost is affected by the following factors:
- Size of room
- Whether a room is private or semi-private
- Geographical location of the community
According to Genworth.com, in 2012, the national median cost of
a semi-private room in a nursing home in the U.S. was $200 a day.
And the cost of a private room was $222 a day.
Services Offered in
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
- Comfortable private, or semi-private, rooms
- Three daily cooked meals
- Housekeeping and laundry service
- Speech therapy, pain/medication management and hospice
- 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 X-ray 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