Most Skilled Nursing Facilities still offer long term care for residents who require daily assistance on a long term basis. In addition, many facilities now offer programs to assist individuals whose needs are more rehabilitative in nature. These facilities may offer short term rehabilitation programs on an inpatient or an outpatient basis. Almost all facilities will offer some type of rehabilitation to their residents. Therapies will usually include, at a minimum, physical, occupational and speech therapies. With the trend toward shorter hospital stays, Subacute Care has emerged to bridge the gap between hospital and home. Many facilities also provide Respite, or short term care, usually for a month or less to provide a break for caregivers. Some facilities also have specialized units, such as Alzheimer's/Dementia units, to care for residents with special needs.
In addition to assessing medical and financial considerations, there are other factors to consider. Some of these include:
- Does the location of the facility allow for frequent visits by friends and family members?
- Does the facilities' environment foster the participation in social or religious activities?
Hospital Discharge Planners can be a wealth of vital information. They can clarify and coordinate resource options to meet individual's discharge needs.
Local Departments on Aging can also be an excellent source of information on Skilled Nursing Facilities.
- Sodexo Senior Services
- Caring Communities
- Hamlin Capital Management
- Presbyterian Foundation