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Nursing Home Basics Let’s face it, no one really wants to be in a nursing home. But the reality is that nursing homes play a key role in our health care system. Deciding which home you or your loved one is going to reside in is a very important decision. Get the best care you can. Learn all you can. WHAT IS A NURSING HOME? A nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility, is a place that provides 24 hour care. These facilities provide skilled nursing care, personal care, custodial care and rehabilitative care to persons who are ill, recuperating after surgery or physically weak. WHO NEEDS A NURSING HOME? There are generally two kinds of people that need a nursing home. 1. People who are recuperating after a hospital stay from an illness or injury. Many times a person has limited time to find a nursing home before being discharged from the hospital. Family and friends usually help in the nursing home search and evaluation process by visiting the nursing homes while the patient is still in the hospital. 2. People who need 24 hour intermediate or custodial care, more care than an assisted living facility or home care can provide. The person needing this kind of care may not have an immediate time constraint placed on them to find a nursing home. When this situation occurs, proper time can be taken to thoroughly evaluate which home is right for their care needs. This Section Includes: • What Is a Nursing Home • Who Needs a Nursing Home • Nursing Home Overview Criteria • Finding a Nursing Home: The Process • Nursing Home Quick Tips List NURSING HOME OVERVIEW CRITERIA Three things you should understand before residing in a nursing home.* 1. Educate yourself about the nursing homes you are considering. On page 34 of the nursing home section in this guide is an extensive “Questions to Ask” Comparison Worksheet that allows you to evaluate three facilities you are considering. If your time frame for finding and choosing a nursing home is limited, you should at least use our Nursing Home Quick Tip List of five key considerations about a prospective facility. (See page 31) 2. Understand costs and financial considerations. • What services and products are covered by your insurance(s)? • How long are you covered for? • What charges are you responsible for paying? • What does your long-term outlook, look like? (In terms of care needed and financial future.) 3. Know your rights and responsibilities as a patient in a nursing home. See Florida’s long term care ombudsman program at ombudsman. myflorida.com/residencerights. *For more detailed information go to www.PolkElderCare.com www.PolkElderCare.com 29


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