Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation

nursing_homesNursing 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.

Features of Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers

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:

  • Basic Care – Will include assistance with basic and necessary daily living activities, such as personal care, ambulation, supervision, and safety.
  • Skilled Care – Will provide the services of a registered nurse on a regular basis for the evaluation and care of health concerns.
  • Sub-Acute – Will offer comprehensive inpatient care those suffering from an acute illness, injury, or prolonged disease.