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Levels and Types of Nursing Care

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Ask anyone what they think of when you tell them to describe a nursing care and most people will tell you the same thing.  A nursing home is a place where people go to receive care when they can no longer care for themselves.  As they go on people tend to think of and describe a place that is full of people who cannot function whatsoever.  In some ways that is true, but senior home care encompasses so much more.  There are different types and different levels of care provided and the needs of one resident may be different from another. 

Skilled Care

Skilled care is care provided in a senior care home that offers their services 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  There are many different people who render their services and work together to help the residents who are either ill or injured with activities of daily living.  Most of the time people live in the facilities and they are generally referred to as residents.  Services are usually provided by: nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, Certified Nurse Assistants, and more. 

Assisted Living

Assisted living is geared towards people who do not need as much care, but cannot live on their own.  Care is provided but not to the extent as people that require skilled care.  People may need help with activities of daily living, but they do not require as much medical care.  Most of the time people live in these facilities so they are called residents just like those receiving skilled care.  This type of care is suitable for people who need some help but can live somewhat independently.  Most of the time facilities that offer this type of care provide various services such as:  dining, maintenance, housekeeping, and transportation.

Rehabilitation   

Rehabilitative care is provided at a senior care hope, hospitals or places that are uniquely designed for people recovering working to regain complete function of their bodies following injury or illness.  Typically, people do not live in these facilities so they are not called residents, but instead they are called patients.  Services are usually rendered by:  nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, and Certified Nurse Assistants.

Hospice Care

Hospice is care offered to people who have six months or less to live.  This care is given in a senior care home, hospitals, or it may be offered in the home. With this type of care there is a lot less focus on rehabilitation because it is generally understood that the patient will not get better.   The goal of hospice care is to help alleviate physical and emotional pain patients may experience as they are nearing death.  Hospice may also work with families of the dying.