Nursing homes are a pretty ubiquitous feature of most cities and populated areas. Although many people know generally what nursing homes are like and what features they have, some do not know the many varieties within these facilities. All nursing homes are not created equal and there is a wide variance in layout, amenities, features, and programs.
AARP, through a blog series, took a look at the varieties of living options for seniors. Through looking at different types of nursing homes in particular, they discovered that almost all facilities have these 7 things in common:
- on-site physical therapy and rehabilitation services
- activity programming
- transportation to medical appointments
- all meals and snacks
- medical care (i.e. IV therapy, wound care, end-of-life care)
- medication management and administration
- personal care (dressing, bathing, transferring, toileting)
If you are interested in learning more about the different options of elder and end-of-life care, the AARP website and blog may be a good source of information for you. They have articles covering all types of living options for elderly people, as well as information about MediCare and MediCaid as it relates to those living options.
As stated earlier, not all nursing homes are created equal. This also means that not all nursing homes provide the same level and quality of care. With this in mind, you will need to research possible nursing home options extensively to avoid the possibility of negligence or abuse of a loved one, as well as under/inefficient staffing. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central Pennsylvania lawyer specializing in nursing home abuse and negligence. For more information on his practice, please call our office at 814-946-4100.