What is a Nursing Home?

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What is a Nursing Home?

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• Selecting a Facility • Nursing Home Evaluation Tool • Moving Your Loved One • How to Pay For Nursing Care • Medicaid Planning • Medicaid FAQs • How To Get The Best Care • Rights of the Resident • Recognizing Abuse & Neglect • Protection From Abuse & Neglect • If You Suspect Abuse or Neglect • Estate Planning & Powers of Attorney • Legal Assistance

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A nursing home is an entity that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services to people with illnesses, injuries or functional disabilities. Most facilities serve the elderly. However, some facilities provide services to younger individuals with special needs.

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Nursing homes provide short and long term nursing and rehabilitative care, and provide physician ordered medical services in a 24-hour supervised setting. Individuals who require nursing home care usually have great difficulty completing activities of daily living. Individuals may require supervision or assistance to complete activities such as taking medications, walking, completing grooming tasks like brushing their hair and teeth, taking a bath or shower, and using the toilet. This may have resulted from an acute illness (such as a fractured bone, stroke, etc.) or from long-term chronic illnesses (such as arthritis, pulmonary diseases, dementia, etc.) Nursing Homes are regulated by the Pennsylvanian Department of Health.

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