When it comes to finding the right kind of skilled nursing care for you or your loved one, you have options. The option you choose will depend on your personal health care needs and goals. Some people may only need short-term convalescent care, while others may require long-term nursing care or assisted living. This article outlines the different types of care available to you so that you can make an informed decision.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a temporary health setback, convalescent care may be right for you. Convalescent care is designed to aid people in their recovery from a major illness, injury, or surgery. Pneumonia, stroke, and joint replacement are common reasons for people to need convalescent care.
A typical stay in convalescent care is about two weeks. While there, patients receive physical and occupational therapies with the goal of returning to independent living. At Community Care on Palm, patients also receive personalized attention from our friendly staff, as well as a comfortable environment for their recovery.
Most people who receive convalescent care recover well enough to return home. About 3 out of 10 patients, however, will need to enter a long-term care program.
Nursing home care is one of your long-term care options. Nursing home care is designed for patients who can no longer live independently and require daily assistance from skilled nursing professionals. If your loved one has a feeding tube, regular IV, or difficulty walking—or needs help with bathing, dressing, feeding, and toileting—a nursing home may be their best option.
The good news is that Medicaid, Medicare, and certain types of insurance can help cover the costs associated with nursing home care. The administrative staff at Community Care on Palm can review your financial options and help you develop a workable plan that will pay for your loved one’s nursing care.
Assisted living is another long-term care option. It can be considered an intermediate step between convalescent care and nursing home care. Patients who opt for assisted living can function independently most of the time but occasionally require assistance with daily tasks. Such tasks can include taking medications, getting in and out of the bath, buttoning a shirt, eating, and housekeeping. Many assisted living communities offer apartment-style housing with many on-site amenities and activities for residents to choose from.
Assisted living can help elderly patients maintain their independence for as long as possible. Feel free to call 951-686-9001 to explore Community Care on Palm’s assisted living options. We also offer Respite Care, Adult Day Care, and Outpatient Rehabilitation for those who aren’t yet ready for long-term nursing care.