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Nursing Home Communities

A nursing home community is an ideal place for someone who doesn’t need to be in a hospital, but whose care cannot be adequately provided for in the home. Like an assisted living community, conventional nursing home communities provide supportive services, but they also generally provide skilled nursing care as well.

Some nursing home communities are set up like a hospital. They may have various nurses’ stations with staff providing medical care, as well as providing physical, occupational and speech therapies. Other nursing home communities strive to provide a more home-like environment, with a neighborhood vibe. Most nursing home communities do not have a fixed day-to-day schedule.

Nursing homes are residential care communities that provide supportive care services and housing for older adults who cannot live independently, need medication management services, require medically-focused care and/or need assistance with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs and IADLs). ADLs include assistance with personal care activities such as eating, toileting and grooming. IADLs include assistance with activities such as meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation.

In most nursing home communities, around-the-clock care is provided by a team of professional and certified staff members – CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants), licensed nurses and doctors. Unlike a skilled nursing community, a nurse or doctor may not be on-site at all times.

Beyond the benefits, amenities and services already mentioned, nursing home communities may also provide:

  • Access to health and medical services, including skilled nursing care
  • Licensed nursing services
  • Fitness centers with fitness classes and exercise machines and equipment
  • On-site laundry room

The availability of benefits, amenities and services can vary depending upon location, size of the community and price.

Some nursing home communities provide special care units to accommodate the needs of those with serious memory problems, typically caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Additionally, some communities, although not all, may accommodate couples who want to live together.

The cost of nursing home care can vary, depending on the type of living space (private vs. shared) and the level of care provided, covering the full spectrum of care – basic assisted living care to skilled nursing care. The typical monthly cost averages between $2,500 and $8,000. When care is medically necessary and recommended and certified by a physician, the cost of care is generally covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Some restrictions may apply.

Unsure if a nursing home is the right choice? Explore senior living communities that offer assisted living and memory care. Tessera of Westchase is a Tampa community that offers assisted living and memory care services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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