Many advancements have been made over the years in senior living and care options. The “nursing homes” of the past are not what they are today. Even the terminology has changed and they are now referred to as skilled nursing centers where care is delivered in a comfortable, home-like setting.
Even today, there are many myths lingering about nursing homes. Below are three misconceptions about skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.
Myth #1 – Once You Move In, You Never Move Out
Skilled nursing centers have changed to meet the diverse patient population and may provide both shortterm and long-term stay options.
The primary goal for short-term and long-term stays is to return the patient to their home and community as quickly as possible. Generally, the short-term stay is 30 days or less and helps residents gain strength and mobility to return back to their home and community.
Long-term residents may stay for 30 days or more and may require more ongoing, specialized care.
Myth #2 – Patients Do Not Receive Adequate Care
Patients actually receive high quality, clinical care in skilled nursing centers similar to a hospital, but in a home-like setting.
Additionally, on-site staff includes registered nurses, a medical director to provide oversight for clinical quality and medical practices, licensed practical nurses, licensed physical and occupational therapists and more. The entire skilled nursing team works together with physicians to communicate the patient’s changing care needs to ensure they receive the most effective treatment program.
Myth #3 – Patients Lose Their Independence
Loss of independence is common after an event such as a joint replacement surgery or stroke that may require a stay at a skilled nursing center. The goal of the skilled nursing center is to assist you in regaining the necessary strength, mobility or skills required to recover the independence that was lost.
Along the recovery journey, family and friends are encouraged to visit whenever they choose. Patients also create new relationships with other patients and staff members during their stay. Some discharged patients even come back to visit their new friends. There are a variety of daily activities and special events such as outings to restaurants, picnics and sight-seeing trips to keep patients engaged and actively recovering.