What's the difference between skilled nursing and assisted living?
While nursing homes provide the highest level of care for seniors outside of a hospital, an assisted living is best for seniors who need some help with bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and eating, but do not require 24-hour-a-day health care by doctors.
Will Medicare cover my nursing home stay?
Yes, under certain circumstances. If a patient has been an inpatient in the hospital for three consecutive days within the last 30 days prior to nursing home admission, they would qualify. However, the patient upon entering the nursing home must have a skilled need as defined by Medicare. If both conditions are met, Medicare will pay the first 20 days in full and from day 21 to 100 the patient will be responsible to pay a co-pay (unless the patient has secondary insurance which will cover; check with your health insurance provider). If at any time during these 100 days the skilled service ceases, Medicare may no longer cover and payment either becomes private pay or Medicaid (if eligible).
What is the difference between skilled and custodial care?
A skilled service is a service that has to be provided by licensed professional (i.e. restorative therapies, wound care, dressing changes, tube feedings). A non-professional (i.e., family, friend) can provide custodial care. Custodial needs are generally chronic and occur when the individual requires ongoing supervision and assistance with activities of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, eating, and medication).
When it is time to consider a nursing home for your parents?
A nursing home may be a good choice if:
-Both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home or in another senior living community. This may be due to a recent hospitalization, or a chronic illness which has gradually been worsening.
-Your parent needs a higher level of care temporarily after a hospitalization but it's anticipated you will be able to return to home or another facility after a period of time.
What can mom or dad bring with them?
-Clara City Care Center provides a bed and bedding, nightstand, and dresser. However, to make it feel more like home, we encourage residents to bring personal items such as family photos, a familiar bedspread, and any knickknacks.
-If possible, schedule a visit with our social worker, so you can see the physical layout, sizes of the rooms, amount of closet space and any furniture that may be included.
What safety measures are in place?
One of several reasons people decide that elders with chronic health problems are better off in a nursing home than in their own homes is safety. The obvious point of safety in nursing homes has always been that there are trained professionals on the spot in case of a fall or medication reaction or other health issue. However, with advances in technology, nursing homes have advanced in safety measures over and above what they once provided.
Are there social activities?
Yes. The Care Center offers a fully staffed Activity Department with a full calendar of activities and social events for residents, including bingo, church services, guest speakers and musicians and bus outings, to name a few.
Is it true that once someone is admitted to a nursing home they never leave?
No, that is not true. Some illnesses or injuries have progressed to the point where both ongoing medical and custodial care may be necessary through the end of life. However, many people encounter a nursing home for the first time after a sudden hospitalization, such as from a fall or stroke. After rehabilitative care, the person will be able to return home, or consider an independent living community or assisted living.
Clara City Care Center | 1012 N Division St., Clara City, MN 56222 | Phone: 320-847-2221 | Fax: 320-847-3553