Are you considering a skilled nursing facility for yourself or a loved one? Before you begin looking for a particular facility, it’s important to know what to expect. What are the benefits? What are some nursing home services provided by skilled nursing facilities?
There are many different services provided to residents at these facilities. While it’s vital to note that every facility is different, here are 6 of the most common services your loved one will receive.
Known as ADL’s for short, activities of daily living are those daily events that we tend to take for granted. This might include bathing, walking, eating, and dressing. For the elderly, it can be nothing short of a stressful struggle to accomplish even the most menial task.
That’s where the skilled nursing facility comes in. In a nursing home environment, qualified staff can help residents with any or all of these ADLs to help get them through their day. With this assistance, seniors can spend less time sitting on the sidelines and more time living their lives.
One of the most common nursing home services provided in nursing facilities is the administration of medication. No two seniors have the same needs; each resident has a unique care plan which designates the dosage and timing of their medication dispensation. Prescriptions are handled so that patients don’t run out of important, timely medications. There is personalized documentation for each resident regarding every medication they use, any interactions they have, and their medicine allergies.
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) will monitor each resident’s incoming, outdated, and unneeded medications to ensure that each patient is receiving the utmost quality care.
You like to think that emergency care is right around the corner no matter where you are, but that isn’t always the case. Seniors living in remote locations or alone at home may not always have access to emergency care—or the ability to call for help.
One of the biggest advantages of living in a skilled nursing home is the easy access to emergency services. The next time your loved one needs emergency care, it will be ready and available for them. Skilled nursing facilities have instant access to emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
While a skilled nursing facility isn’t a hotel, it does include meal times and room prep in that monthly bill. Linens will always be changed as needed and most facilities provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of their regimen of quality care. At Knollwood Nursing Center, our restaurant-style dining room provides residents with healthy, delicious meals in a comfortable environment.
For those who are able to participate, skilled nursing facilities often provide special events and opportunities to promote social interaction. This might include daily activities, games, or even special events during the holidays.
This is especially important on a day-to-day basis as it facilitates interaction outside of intermittent family visits. Opportunities to talk and relate to peers is critical to the quality of care residents receive.
Depending on their activity level and physical health, residents may require a wide variety of therapies to help maintain a high level of functioning. This is different for every resident, but some rehabilitative nursing home services provided by skilled nursing facilities may include occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, or pain management.
But therapeutic services shouldn’t be limited to these physical activities. Many skilled nursing facilities love to have pets and other service animals come for a visit, and will often schedule specialized therapy events for residents to have a chance to bond with these precious additions to society. Companion animals such as dogs, cats, birds (and sometimes children!) can do a great job of cheering up residents who are in long-term or rehabilitative care. At Knollwood Nursing Center, we actually have two cats who live on campus! Snowball and Wonton are free to roam within the nursing center and they love to spend time with our residents.
At a quality skilled nursing facility, staff work hard to ensure all of their residents’ needs are met. If you’re considering a nursing facility for yourself of a loved one, it’s important to select one that provides the right services for you.
So where do you begin? Download your free nursing home checklist. It will help you compile all of the questions you should ask on your next skilled nursing facility tour so you can ensure you’re selecting the right environment for your loved one.