A nursing home is a place for people who don’t need to be in a hospital but can’t be cared for at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day. Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy.
What is a nursing home?
Nursing homes — also called convalescent homes, or sometimes skilled nursing facilities — are for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance.
Typical nursing home residents suffer from severe, debilitating physical or mental conditions that leave them unable to live independently. They may be bedridden, wheelchair-bound, or in need of daily skilled nursing care. Nursing homes always require a physician’s prescription and physical examination before accepting new residents.
The goal of a nursing home is to ensure the safety and comfort of older adults who need round-the-clock care. Nursing homes offer:
- Ongoing palliative and preventative long-term care
- Assistance with laundry, housekeeping, and activities of daily living
- Prescription medication management and administration, including injections
- Specialized rehabilitative services, such as speech, occupational, physical, respiratory, cognitive, and vocational therapy
- Emergency and routine dental services in all state-funded nursing homes
- Meal options that must meet the daily nutritional requirements and the unique dietary needs of each resident