Let us start with some terminology. Some nursing homes specialize in certain types of care such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementias. The Veteran Administration has nursing homes just for retired and injured military members. Inpatient rehabilitation facilities look like a nursing home stay in many ways, but the goal is to regain lost functions are return to the community. Sub-Acute long term care hospitalizations appear to be nursing homes for very intensive nursing care.
For this discussion, a nursing home a facility with registered nurses and physicians managing the care and assisted by many other therapies and services to manage the chronic conditions and disabilities of the residents. Some states also call these homes long term care facilities.
Do your homework when researching a nursing home. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have created a five-star system to help consumers compare nursing home on an ‘apple to apple’ basis. Be sure to use the 5 elements in the star rating above.
Lastly, Assisted Living Facilities are not nursing homes, even when nursing services are provided once a day. Assisted living facilities are considerably less expensive than nursing home stays and offer substantially less in services. Price is the biggest distinction between these. A nursing home, for example, can cost is $82,000/year and an Assisted Living Facility is $32,000/year. These rates vary depending on location and reputation.
Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.