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Nursing Care and Homes


According to the CDC, there are 16,100 nursing homes with 1.7 million beds in the Unites States. Nursing homes are usually stand alone facilities with some being operated within a hospital environment or part of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) which has characteristics of assisted living, nursing homes and independent living on the same campus.

Nursing homes typically provide two distinct care options:

  1. Permanent Residential Care and
  2. Skilled Nursing Care also known as Rehabilitative Care

With the permanent residential care option, seniors are permanent residents of the nursing home and provided a nurse twenty-four hours-a-day. They can provide care for seniors with unstable medical conditions such as respiratory diseases requiring tracheotomies and ventilators as well as uncontrollable diabetes for seniors who are bed-bound and weigh over 250 pounds. Permanent residential care is typically paid privately or by Medicaid.

With the skilled nursing care facility option, residents are given physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy during recovery from illness or injury. Medicare typically requires a three day hospitalization prior to covering a rehabilitation stay.

For persons with Medicare that have a skilled need following a three day hospitalization, their first twenty days are covered at 100%. Following the twenty days, if there is still a skilled need, Medicare will cover 80% of the daily rate up to 100 days. If there is a secondary insurance, they will typically cover the 20% up to 100 days.

With so many options and considerations, let Assisted Living Locators™ Atlanta help ease the decision making process and secure the ideal assisted living option for your loved ones. Start by taking this quick and easy online Assessment or Request Information.