Choosing Your Next Level of Care

Many times after a serious injury or illness, the need for additional 24-hour medical assistance is needed to help a person heal, properly rehabilitate and ensure that he or she is in stable condition before returning home. What most people don’t know is that there are different options when choosing a continued care provider after your primary acute hospital stay. Each organization can vary by the length of stay, therapy intensity and type of medical

What Do I Do Now?

“My Nurse Case Manager has told me that the doctors are discharging me and I need to be transferred to a Skilled Nursing Facility.” Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF’s) are specialized health care centers that provide a wide array of therapeutic services to continue to make you well so that you can return to home as soon as possible. In today’s world, hospitals are places where only the most acute and unstable patients are cared for

Nursing Home Care is Not a One-Way Street, But Rather a Collaborative Partnership

Choosing a nursing home is one of the most important decisions we will make for our loved ones. When looking for a nursing home, it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to consider: EDEN CERTIFIED HOMES — Our Elders have so much to teach us. The Eden Alternative philosophy asserts that no matter how old we are or what challenges we live with, life is about continuing to grow. Building on this new paradigm,

The Short on Rehab

What is Post-Acute Rehabilitation? It is an inpatient center that provides therapies and/or Skilled Nursing. Adults go there to recover from illness, injury, surgery, or other medical conditions following treatment in an Acute Care Hospital. Post-Acute Rehabilitation is a term used interchangeably with Short Term Rehab, Transitional Care Unit and Skilled Nursing Rehab Facility (SNF). These facilities offer many similar services, such as: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Skilled Nursing Services. All centers

What in the World is an Ombudsman?

Have you ever seen a word and thought, “What is that, where did it come from, and what in the world does it mean?” For many, the word “ombudsman” elicits that response. It’s only early summer, but Ombudsmen (and Ombudswomen!) across the state have already made hundreds of visits to local long term care facilities and provided countless hours of consultation and education to long term care residents and their families. The term “ombudsman” is

Adjusting to a New Environment

Adjusting to an Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facility can be a difficult transition. Fears and old stigmas enter, and that can wreak havoc on the psychosocial well-being of a person, and their loves ones! It is a change for everyone involved and it’s important to have support network. This is especially true for those living with dementia. Transition periods will look different for each individual. As a family member, be open and honest in