Nursing Homes (SNF) Articles
Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility: Tips from a Certified Nursing Assistant
On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.1 Comment
Moving Into a Nursing Home: A Checklist
When moving an aging loved one to a nursing home, it is difficult to determine which belongings they should bring, which ones they must purge and what you are willing to keep. Use this guide to prepare for the transition.1 Comment
Medicaid versus Medicare: Who Covers Nursing Home Costs?
While both Medicare and Medicaid may cover all or part of the costs of a nursing home stay, there are important differences to the rules. Determine which program will pay for your aging loved one's stay in a skilled nursing facility.2 Comments
Does Medicare Cover Stays in Skilled Nursing Facilities?
Medicare pays for inpatient skilled nursing care, but only for a limited time and under certain circumstances. It is crucial to be aware of the complex rules for SNF coverage to avoid costly surprises.42 Comments
Who’s Who in Skilled Nursing: Staff Caregivers Should Get To Know
When moving into a skilled nursing facility the care team can be confusing for seniors and their family members. Learn who on the staff you should get to know and who's responsible for which aspects of senior care.1 Comment
What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and a Nursing Home?
Nursing Homes are skilled nursing facilities for seniors. The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are often used interchangeably. Skilled nursing, as a service, can actually be provided in other senior care settings, including the home.5 Comments
Checklist: How to Find the Best Nursing Home for a Senior
Choosing a nursing home for a senior is a difficult process. Use this checklist to ensure you ask all the important questions while touring skilled nursing facilities and to help you find the right fit for your aging loved one.5 Comments
“I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”
Many family caregivers vow to never place their aging parents or spouses in a nursing home. But when their needs increase and caring for them at home becomes a struggle, a promise that was made in good faith often becomes a source of guilt and contention.116 Comments
When Home Care Isn’t Enough: Evaluating Senior Living Options
As a senior’s care needs change over time, so will their housing options. Understand the differences between independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes when deciding a senior's future housing plan.13 Comments
What Caregivers Need to Know About C. Difficile
C. diff infections are on the rise in hospitals and nursing homes, and ill seniors are particularly vulnerable to this persistent bug. Use these best hygiene and antibiotic practices to keep your loved one and yourself healthy.3 Comments
How to Use a Miller Trust for Medicaid Eligibility
Qualifying for Medicaid coverage is a complex process that involves making sure a senior’s income and assets fall below certain levels. “Income cap” states allow applicants to use a specific kind of trust to help them meet these eligibility guidelines.1 Comment
A Caregiver's Guilt
Trying to please someone with memory issues can seem like a losing battle. Many caregivers bend over backwards for their loved ones only to have their efforts fail or fall short. Sometimes the guilt feels overwhelming.18 Comments
Scabies: A Common Skin Condition in Long-Term Care Facilities
Scabies is a common skin condition in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living communities. The resulting rash can be extremely uncomfortable, and may take multiple rounds of treatment to get rid of the parasites.0 Comments
Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating
It is crucial to find out whether your elderly loved one has been admitted as an inpatient or on observation status to ensure that Medicare will pay for post-hospital extended care services in a skilled nursing facility.8 Comments
How Involved Should Families Be When Elders Live in a Facility?
Some families visit so often that they interfere with a loved one’s care, while others don’t visit at all. Finding a good balance between the two requires a positive attitude and common sense.26 Comments
Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay
A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.0 Comments
What to Expect After a Hip Replacement
You've found a surgeon you trust, scheduled the procedure, and figured out which senior rehabilitation center your loved one will be staying in, but are you prepared for what comes after the surgery?11 Comments
Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients
Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.14 Comments
I can't bring myself to visit mom in the nursing home. How can I move past my anxiety?
The guilt, grief, and anxiety of placing someone in a nursing home often impacts the desire to visit. A caregiver shares their experience with learning to spend quality time with Mom in the nursing home.1 Comment
Questions & Answers About Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer independent living, assisted living, nursing care, rehabilitative services on a single campus to accomodate seniors as they age and their housing and health care needs change.1 Comment