|When a person can no longer live independently, or needs an extended period of rehabilitation and care, it can be confusing to determine what the right choice of care is. Fortunately, there are some guidelines which can be helpful. Whatever the final decision, it is important that the family, the person's physician, and the person needing care all be involved in considering the choices and making the decision.
In Texas, different types of care are available for different types of needs. Keep in mind that if you choose a less comprehensive form of care, you may need to make another move and another choice in a short period of time. For this reason, many people try to look ahead and lessen future trauma by choosing a care plan or setting that will easily transition into another, more appropriate one in the next couple of years. Evaluation of each older person's situation is essential to the provision of the right services at the right time, when issues of long term care arise. This assessment should concern the individual's state of physical and emotional health, finances, and relations with family and others.
Licensed nursing facilities provide the most comprehensive care available, with the most stringent health and safety requirements, and the most trained and professional staff around-the-clock. With more than 40 years of growing expertise and standards of care for the geriatric and disabled person, nursing facilities provide the most complete array of nursing and rehabilitative care, as well as medical monitoring, social, mental and psychological stimulation.
How to Choose a Nursing Facility?
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AS OPPOSED TO AT-HOME CARE?
You may already know the answer because you have been through the frustrating experience of trying to provide dependable, consistent care at home, on a 24-hour basis. Only Health Care Centers like College Street offer comprehensive care and services to address a resident's full range of daily needs - professional and trained nursing, medical and medication monitoring, therapies, and nutritional management, as well as planned activities to meet social, religious and psychological needs, in a safe, secure setting staffed around the clock.
Your most immediate concern will probably be the level of medical attention needed by the resident. After talking with the resident's physician, you will have an idea of the type of care needed. Once you know the level of medical and personal service needed, you can ask for recommendations and referrals from the hospital social services staff, the rehabilitation staff, or physician.HOW DO I FIND A NURSING FACILITY?
Referrals are your best source. Talk to your physician, friends who have had experiences with local facilities, hospital social workers, and other health care professionals. You can also call the Texas Health Care Association at 800-380-2500 for a list of licensed facilities in your area. The next step is to pick two or three to visit. This way you can compare them and make a more knowledgeable choice.
WHAT ARE SOME IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS?
Beauty/Barber Shop, Podiatry, Optometry & Dental Services, Pharmacy, Laboratory & X-Ray Services, Psychiatric/Psychological Services
There are many other things to consider when choosing an Elder Care Center for your loved one so for more information give us a call or come by and we can help make this an easy decision for you, your loved one, or family.
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Nursing homes provide long-term custodial care for people, often the elderly, who are unable to care for themselves at home. Nursing homes are called skilled nursing facilities, extended care services, or health care centers that provide 24 hour supervision, meals, activities, and health management support for their residents. According to the National Institutes of Health, some nursing homes are set up like a hospital where the staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy with nurses’ station on each floor or unit. However, other nursing homes try to be more like home and have a more open atmosphere with open kitchens and allow couples to live together. All centers have the goal to help individuals meet their daily physical, social, medical, and psychological needs and to return home whenever possible. Nursing homes can provide a wide variety of support for patients, including wound care, diabetes management, medication monitoring, and more. In addition, some nursing home facilities offer specialized care for Alzheimer’s patients or others with dementia. No one would argue that living in a nursing home is an ideal way to spend one’s golden years. Yet, the facts remain that many of us will do just that. The good news is that most nursing homes provide warm, loving care in a safe and healthy environment, along with a variety of with a variety of programs to meet the social and spiritual needs of residents. You want your loved one to be safe. You want them to eat and sleep well, to have their health monitored regularly and their medication taken consistently. You want to know that the nursing home you’ve chosen is caring for your loved one’s needs – all of them. What many people forget is that all of us have more than physical needs. Yes, we do need to eat and sleep and bathe, but we are more than our body functions. We need to also have personal connections with others, to look for meaning in our lives, and to have opportunities to be challenged and stimulated intellectually. The best nursing homes understand that and seek to provide services that not only meet the physical needs of their residents, but also their emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs as well.
Emotional needs are perhaps one of the most neglected areas in nursing homes. A profound sense of loss, grief and loneliness can so easily lead to depression. Unfortunately, depression is not uncommon in nursing homes. About 25% of these seniors have major depression, and another 20 to 25% have minor depression.
There are, however, ways that nursing homes can strive to meet the needs of their residents. For example, the best homes look for ways to encourage its residents to be full members of the community, including friendly interactions with many staff members, residents and visitors. Look for homes where staff members are encouraged and given the time to visit with residents, to look over photos with them, to chat over coffee, or even do a crossword puzzle together.
Also, they may provide activities that encourage social interaction or loving touch, such as manicures and pedicures. Access to email and phone calls can help connect residents with loved ones who cannot visit regularly. Allowing therapy pets to visit can also be beneficial. Nobody likes being bored and you can only play so many rounds of Bingo. The best nursing homes have a full schedule of activities to keep the boredom at bay. Many facilities have developed a wonderful array of classes, interest groups and activities to keep their residents; minds active and engaged.
Examples of appropriate activities include:• Internet and e-mail access
• Daily newspaper reading or book excerpts
• Sharing life stories/oral histories
• Indoor plant care/gardening
• Activities that respect interests/passions of particular residents
Many people mourn the loss of their church community when they move into a nursing home. Their spiritual support, however, does not need to be taken away from them. Residents’ spiritual needs are very important and can be met in a variety of ways.
Visitors, whether clergy or members, of the resident’s home church may come to visit, pray, or offer church sacraments.