Nursing Home

A nursing homeprovides a type of residential care. It is a place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home. It is a place of residence for people who require, as determined by a local hospital, social worker and their nursing facility provider, continual nursing care and have significant difficulty coping with the required activities of daily living. Nursing aides and skilled nurses are usually available 24 hours a day, and most are large congregate care facilities with government funding. As the population ages, more of us are faced with the prospect of moving either ourselves or an older family member into a nursing. It may be a decision that arrives suddenly following hospitalization, or gradually as needs become more difficult to meet in other types of housing. A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide what is called custodial care, including getting in and out of bed, and providing assistance with feeding, bathing, and dressing. Finding the right nursing home takes time. It is important to begin the search for a suitable nursing home well in advance of seeking admission to the facility. There are often long waiting periods for available accommodations. Planning ahead also can make the transition of moving into a nursing home much easier.