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Skilled Nursing Facility FAQs

Where is your skilled nursing facility (nursing home) located?

Camilia Rose Care Center
11800 Xeon Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
763-755-8400

What are the different jobs in a nursing home?

On any given day, you are likely to come across several different types of employees at a nursing care facility. Although you may not see all of them, many invaluable employees work behind the scenes to ensure the operation of the facility and the community.

Whether you are a family member or one of the nursing home residents, it’s good to know who’s who within a senior care facility. Let’s take a moment to explore the employees and the services that they provide.

Nurses

Nurses are responsible for the direct care of nursing home residents, as required by law. Once they have assessed the needs of a resident, Registered Nurses work together with Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses to develop treatment plans for the residents’ needs.

Nursing Home Dietician

All nursing homes must have a dietician on staff who is trained to plan meals for residents based on their dietary needs. Many times, the dietician will coordinate with a director of foodservice.

Nursing Assistants

As their name implies, Certified Nursing Assistants assist the licensed nurses in a variety of ways, like helping the residents with daily personal care and eating.

Support and Administration

These roles are mostly fulfilled behind the scenes of the community, such as the accounting department or human resources. You will also find them assisting with groundskeeping, facility maintenance, area planning, and other indirect senior care.

What is the main purpose of a nursing home?

Skilled nursing facilities are in place to provide care for seniors who can’t care for themselves. Nursing homes are ideal for residents who don’t need to be hospitalized but aren’t safe being alone at home. Thanks to 24-hour senior care, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in good hands should they need assistance.

Many nursing homes look and function similarly to a hospital, with nurses either present or on call at all times. Aside from medical care, staff members at these facilities also provide therapy, such as occupational and speech.

Additionally, nursing homes often accept many of the same payment options as hospitals, like Medicare and insurance. As long as your family member has private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid in place, you can count on assistance with their care.

When should a person go into a nursing home?

While many people joke about going to nursing homes as they get older, it sometimes becomes a reality out of necessity. It’s important to note that not everyone needs to live in these facilities just because they’re old. Many elderly seniors can care for themselves. But there are certainly signs that you should be aware of in case the day comes when you need to move a loved one into a nursing home.

Safety Concerns

If they are no longer safe to be alone, you may want to discuss nursing homes with them. If your mother or grandma begins falling regularly and can’t get up on their own, a senior living facility may be the best place for them. You may want to try home care first if it’s a viable option.

This will ensure that they remain in the area while getting the help and assistance they need.

Cleaning Issues

If their home is quickly becoming harder to maintain and keep clean, it may be because they can’t bend or stand for too long. They may simply require the services of a professional to safely get through the day. This can become a source of contention if it isn’t handled properly.

Some seniors may just need home care to help with the more strenuous tasks and not necessarily be in a place like a nursing facility. If these services aren’t feasibly available, however, and it’s putting a strain on the family, nursing homes may be the better option.

Hygiene Issues

If you have a senior in your family who can no longer bathe themselves on a healthy schedule, you may need to start talking about nursing homes. Again, you could enlist yourself or another family member to provide home care for these tasks. Or, you could hire a professional who specializes in senior home care.

If these aren’t options or it becomes too financially straining, talk to your loved one about residential care facilities. There, they will have the freedom to care for themselves except for the really important things. By allowing someone else to provide critical services, the senior provides their own care for most of the day.

Food and Medication Problems

Taking medications and eating food regularly is a normal part of senior living. But when these things start to fall behind for whatever reason, it’s time to consider nursing homes as an option. This is usually a sign that something is wrong and your senior requires the services of a facility.