The first step in finding viable care options for your loved one is an understanding of industry terminology. It’s common for confusion to arise from the use of the terms “skilled nursing” and “nursing home.” It is helpful to remember that the skilled nursing is a description of a service that is offered and does not necessarily require placement in a facility.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing in Fairfield County, CT is a higher level of medical care that must be provided by trained individuals such as occupational and speech therapists and registered nurses. Skilled nursing services can range from short-term rehabilitation for injury and illness care to around-the-clock care for chronic medical conditions in assisted living short-term and long-term facilities.

Some seniors wish to “age in place” and home health care agencies have responded by offering skilled nursing services provided by licensed therapists and nurses in the home.

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, also known as nursing facilities, serve individuals who require higher levels of medical care than what can be reasonably provided at an assisted living facility. Skilled nurses are available to provide 24-hour medical care and attention.

Some facilities offer skilled nursing units that are used for short-term rehabilitative stays. Extending stay into a longer-term care facility may be necessary for the treatment of serious medical conditions and directly dependent on federal and state benefit regulations.

Evaluating Care Options

When you begin the search for senior living care, you want to be sure to ask about certifications as well as regulations and who is responsible for enforcing them. Oasis Senior Advisors – Fairfield County can help you evaluate what type of facilities and care would best meet your senior’s needs. You can follow them on Google+ for more information.

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