If you’re considering a nursing home as a long-term care option for yourself or a loved one, it’s helpful to know the types of care and services they provide to determine if it is the right care option for your needs and preferences. Nursing homes can vary in the types of services and level of care that they offer, though generally they are for people who don’t require a hospital, but can no longer be cared for at home.  

Nursing homes usually offer round-the-clock observation and medical assistance for seniors and disabled adults, particularly those who are unable to care for themselves and require more help than a family caregiver can provide. Nursing homes typically offer medical assistance from nurses and aides, activities for residents, as well as meals.

Custodial care or activities of daily living–such as dressing, bathing, and assistance with eating–in addition to skilled care are also offered. Care generally consists of assistance from a skilled registered nurse and includes medical monitoring and treatments. Services provided by specially trained professionals, such as occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists are also often included depending on the type of care needed.

What Do Nursing Homes Offer?

Services provided by nursing homes can vary from facility to facility, so it’s important to research each facility to find out if they meet your needs. Quite often nursing homes include a private or semi-private room, consistent medical attention, and three meals per day. Other services often include personal care such as bathing and dressing, housekeeping services, physical therapy and exercise, and social activities.

The cost of nursing homes can vary depending on a variety of factors, including services needed, size of room, whether the room is private or semi-private, and where the facility is located. Because nursing homes provide a higher level of care rates are usually higher than assisted living or memory care communities.  Often nursing homes also offer on-site pharmacies, special care options for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms dementia.

Selecting The Right Nursing Home For You Or A Loved One

Choosing the right nursing home for you or a loved one depends greatly on particular needs and preferences. Consider whether regular medical assistance is required, how often help is needed and if assistance is needed with daily activities such as dressing and bathing.

Research the various types of services offered by nursing homes in your area to find out if they suit your needs. Be sure to inquire about cost, admission requirements and if they participate in government-funded health insurance programs.

To learn more about the nursing homes near you and to connect with the right one for you or a loved one, begin your nursing home search with MyCareMatch.  


[1] http://www.healthinaging.org/aging-and-health-a-to-z/topic:nursing-homes/