Nursing homes provide a cost-effective way to enable patients with injuries, acute illnesses or postoperative care needs to recover in an environment outside a hospital. When these patients are admitted from a hospital, Medicare will cover the cost.
What Type of Care Do Nursing Homes Provide?
Nursing homes offer the most extensive care a person can get outside a hospital. Nursing homes offer help with custodial care — like bathing, getting dressed, and eating — as well as skilled care. Skilled nursing care is given by a registered nurse and includes medical monitoring and treatments.
Skilled care also includes services provided by specially trained professionals, such as physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists.
What Services Do Nursing Homes Offer?
The services nursing homes offer vary from facility to facility. Services often include:
- Room and board
- Monitoring of medication
- Personal care (including dressing, bathing, and toilet assistance)
- 24-hour emergency care
- Social and recreational activities