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Understanding services of a nursing home

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column

As the population ages, more of us are faced with the prospect of moving either ourselves or an older family member into a nursing home. It may be a decision that arrives suddenly following hospitalization or gradually as needs become more difficult to meet in other types of housing. Deciding to move can be stressful, often due to misconceptions about these facilities.

Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities are medical facilities dedicated to caring for patients with severe or debilitating physical or mental illnesses who are unable to care for themselves. A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide what is called custodial care, including getting in and out of bed and providing assistance with feeding, bathing and dressing. However, nursing homes differ from other senior housing facilities in that they also provide a high level of medical care. A licensed physician supervises each patient’s care and a nurse or other medical professional is always on the premises. Skilled nursing care is available usually 24 hours a day. Other medical professionals such as occupational or physical therapists, are also available. This allows the delivery of medical procedures and therapies on site that would not be possible in other housing.

To make a decision that is right for you or a loved one, it’s important to learn all you can about nursing homes. Nursing homes provide compassionate, skilled nursing care to seniors in need of intensive care and support during these stages of their life.

Let Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation answer any questions you may have on helping to make that decision for you or your loved one an easy one. For information on any of our services we provide call us at 515-832-2727 or schedule a tour to see why Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation is the place to be.

Information provided by Jaime Roelfs, Marketing Director, Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2401 Des Moines St., Webster City, 515-832-2727.

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