Type of Service: Once you’ve determined the level of care, what type of services do you require?
General Care. General overall services associated with the level of care chosen.
Alzheimer’s / Dementia / Memory Care. This service can be called many things such as Special Care, Alzheimer’s or Dementia care, Memory Care, a Locked unit, etc. The resident must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or another related disease to qualify for this service. Staff receives special training to properly care for a Memory Impaired resident and the exits are locked and alarmed, requiring a code to leave the area. This service can be offered at the Assisted Living, Home Plus, and Nursing Home levels of care.
Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation. This service is covered by Medicare and requires the daily involvement of skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff after an acute incident such as a surgery, broken or fractured bone, stroke, heart attack, etc. Residents receive rehabilitation services such as Physical, Occupational, or Speech therapy and may also require nursing services such as IV therapy, dressing changes, patient education, etc then discharge to home. This type of service is only offered at a Nursing Home and is provided by Medicare. The majority of residents receiving this service are covered by Medicare, however, those under age 65 may have this service covered by their private insurance policy. The length of stay is typically under 20 days but may last up to 100 days.
Respite Care. Respite care is a short term stay and can be at various types of facilities. Typically, a family/friend caregiver needs a break from their caregiving responsibilities and places their loved one in the care of a facility for a short time, usually less than 30 days.
Adult Day Care. Adult Day Care is for older adults who cannot be left home alone. Typically the spouse/caregiver is employed and working during the day and takes their loved one to a day care program. Meals, supervision, and activities are provided and hours are generally 7am to 7pm.
Hospice. Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill (usually with six months or less to live). Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach that addresses the medical, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient. Hospice also provides support to the patient’s family or caregiver as well. Hospice care is covered under Medicare Part A and is typically provided in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The goal of hospice is to provide comfort for terminally ill patients and their families, not to cure illness.
Subacute Care. Subacute Care is for patients needing a very high level of care whose medical needs specifically require a short-term post-hospital stay prior to being discharged home. Subacute patients typically receive a combination of skilled nursing care plus extensive rehabilitation. The majority of residents requiring Subacute Care are medically demanding and require the highest level of care available outside of the hospital setting. Typically this service is offered at a nursing home and residents have the need for feeding tubes, IV therapy, ventilators, etc.
Mental / Behavioral / Psych. This level of service is typically provided in a nursing home where staff are trained to address the special needs of residents with behavioral and/or psychological issues including aggressive or socially unacceptable behavior as well as various mental issues.
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