Have you or someone you care about ever thought about going to a nursing home? If so, you may have heard that nursing homes offer different levels of care. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the three main types of care in a nursing home: skilled nursing, intermediate care, and long-term care.
Skilled Nursing Care
The best level of care a nursing home can give is skilled nursing care. It is usually only for people who need medical care and nursing care around the clock. This could be because of a long stay in the hospital, complicated medical needs, or ongoing speech, physical, or occupational therapy. “Rehabilitative” or “transitional” care is another name for skilled nursing care.
This is the second level of care in a nursing home. It’s for people who don’t need medical supervision but can’t get care at home. Help with dressing, bathing, going to the bathroom, and moving around is part of intermediate care. PT and OT are often given to people in intermediate care.
Care for a long time
The third and last level of care in a nursing home is long-term care. It is for people who can’t be cared for safely at home and don’t need to be watched by a doctor all the time. Help with things like eating, dressing, bathing, going to the bathroom, and getting around is part of long-term care. People in long-term care may get therapy, but it’s usually not as intense as it is for people in intermediate care.
Based on the needs of the residents, nursing homes offer different levels of care. Skilled nursing, intermediate care, and long-term care are the three types of care. Skilled nursing is the highest level of care for people who need to be watched by a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People who don’t need constant medical care but can’t stay at home can get intermediate care. People who can’t be cared for at home and don’t need constant medical supervision need long-term care.