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Skilled Nursing Facilities - Homes - Centers - Communities

Skilled nursing facilities provide the highest level of care for seniors other than a hospital. Skilled nursing environments include homes, centers and communities that provide several living options. The one thing in common at all skilled nursing facilities is that you or your loved one will receive a high level of custodial care. Care includes:

  • Assistance with daily activities – getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, eating
  • Coordination of services with outside professionals
  • Social activities

A licensed physician typically oversees the care of each patient with licensed nurses and other medical professionals carrying out every day duties. The resident lives there, and has access to services 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The layouts of nursing homes vary, but are designed with senior safety in mind. Some skilled nursing facilities have private rooms while others are shared with another resident. Some communities are small in number with 10-30 residents while others are much larger. No matter the size, all skilled nursing facilities must meet state requirements for staffing and safety.

Deciding to move yourself or a loved one into a skilled nursing facility is an important decision. The decision typically arises due to a medical event forcing a quick decision or a progressive disease that worsens over time.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when considering moving yourself or a loved one into a nursing facility:

  • Has the individual been assessed by a healthcare provider recently?
  • Can the individual’s personal and medical needs be met in another type of facility?
  • Would the move to a nursing home be permanent or temporary?

It's important to know the answers to these questions as best you can when considering the move.

To search nursing homes by state, see the state links in the left column or use the search box at the top of the left column of this page.

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