These services typically include nursing care, 24-hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with daily activities. Rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, are also available.
Some people stay in nursing homes for a short time after being hospitalized. After recovering, they returned home. However, most nursing home residents live there permanently because they have physical or mental problems that require constant care and supervision.
If you need to go to a nursing home after being hospitalized, hospital staff can help you find the best care provider for you. If you are looking for a retirement home, consult your doctor. When you know what options you have, you should:
Consider what you want. What is important to you: nursing care, meals, physical therapy, religious connections, palliative care or the dementia intensive care unit? Do you want a place close to your family and friends so they can easily visit you?
Talk to your friends and family. Talk to friends, family, social workers, and church groups to find places they recommend. Ask health care providers about nursing homes they believe provide good care.