Nursing Home: When Is It Time?

Talking with your elderly parent or grandparent about health care is tough.  Especially when the talk revolves around a possible admission to the nursing home. It is everyone’s hope to stay at home for the duration of their lives. But sometimes changing health conditions, declining physical ability or dementia make even the most  comfortable home a …

New Nursing Home Compare Ratings Are Great For Healthcare Consumers

For those looking for a nursing home, Medicare.gov has a great service.  It’s called Nursing Home Compare and it rates local nursing homes by using a five start system. It uses several criteria to determine the rating including claims and inspection data.  Now the system is adding some new criteria to the ratings.  Outcomes. The …

Differences Between Short and Long-Term Care

Short Term and Long Term Care, What’s the Difference? Long-Term Care Long term care is the type of care most people associate with nursing homes. Although that is a type of long term care service, there are many other services that are also fall into that category. Services designed to provide care at home are …

Today’s Nursing Homes

If you are like most people, when you hear the words “nursing home’ you tend to cringe.  The thought of a stereo-typical nursing home may bring feelings of sadness, sympathy or fear depending on each individuals perception. Those perceptions are re-inforced by the horror stories reflected in media reports about those who have been abused or …

Alternative To Nursing Home Care: Three Options

Maybe You Don’t Need A Nursing Home Nursing homes are places where patients receive a variety of services like Sub-Acute rehab and long-term care for those who need 24-hour nursing care. But nursing home care is not for everyone.  The need for daily assistance to complete everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking and dressing doesn’t mean …