Nursing Homes and rehabilitation– centers which are sometimes referred to as Skilled Nursing Units, rest homes, old folk’s homes or convalescent homes. These facilities provide a high level of personal and medical care. Elderly residents of a nursing home will receive not only room and board, but also a high level of supervised daily and medical care. Nursing homes are regulated by each states department of public health as well and must also comply with federal requirements. Those nursing homes that participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid are required to have licensed practical nurses (LPNs) on duty 24 hours a day. In addition, these facilities must have a registered nurse (RN) for at least eight hours per day, seven days per week.
Commonly, nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers offer three levels of care. Depending on a resident’s needs, in terms of ability and necessity, the amount of care provided will vary basically as follows: