A nursing home, also known as the old people’s home , elderly home, rest home , home or residential care center , is an institution where elderly people temporarily or permanently live because they need care or nursing that can not be provided in the original living situation.
In the US there are three main types of care facilities (NFs).
An intermediate care facility(ICF) is a care institution for disabled people, the elderly or non-acute patients who provide less intensive care than offered at a hospital or nursing home. Normally, the ICF is paid privately by the individual or by the individual’s family. The private health insurance for a person and / or a third party as a hospice company can cover the costs. Board and Care Homes are special facilities designed to provide those who need help living in both living areas and with appropriate care. These facilities, often called residential centers, can be placed in a small living environment or a large modern facility. In fact, a large majority of pension and nursing homes are designed to accommodate less than 6 people. Nursing homes and nursing homes are usually manned by recognized professionals, including nurses, doctors and other doctors. These facilities are highly regulated to ensure that residents get the best possible care. Administration and nursing homes offer residents assistance 24 hours a day, making them a very popular choice for people who need regular help.
Home care homes or homes (ALFs) are living facilities for the disabled. These facilities provide guidance or assistance to activities in daily life (ADLs); ALFs are an alternative to elderly care for people living in an elderly home for whom independent living does not fit but who do not need 24-hour medical care. Assisted living is a philosophy of care and services that promotes independence and dignity.
A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a nursing home that is certified to participate in and reimbursed by Medicare. Medicare is the federal program for older people (65+) who have contributed to social security and Medicare during their employment. Medicaid is the federal health care and related services program. Every state of poverty and qualifying Medicaid. Those who qualify for Medicaid may be low-income parents, children, including state children’s health insurance programs (SCHIP) and wellness and food programs for mothers and children seniors and disabled people.
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Long-term care (LTC) is a variety of services which help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods. Long term care is focused on individualized and coordinated services that promote independence, maximize patients’ quality of life, and meet patients’ needs over a period of time.
It is common for long-term care to provide custodial and non-skilled care, such as assisting with normal daily tasks like dressing, feeding, using the bathroom. Increasingly, long-term care involves providing a level of medical care that requires the expertise of skilled practitioners to address the multiple chronic conditions associated with older populations. Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes. Long-term care may be needed by people of any age, although it is a more common need for senior citizens.
Long-term care can be provided formally or informally. Facilities that offer formal LTC services typically provide living accommodation for people who require on-site delivery of around-the-clock supervised care, including professional health services, personal care, and services such as meals, laundry and housekeeping. These facilities may go under various names, such as nursing home, personal care facility, residential continuing care facility, etc. and are operated by different providers.
While the US government has been asked by the LTC (long-term care) industry not to bundle health, personal care, and services (e.g., meal, laundry, housekeeping) into large facilities, the government continues to approve that as the primary use of taxpayers' funds instead (e.g., new assisted living). Greater success has been achieved in areas such as supported housing which may still utilize older housing complexes or buildings, or may have been part of new federal-state initiatives in the 2000s.
Long-term care provided formally in the home, also known as home health care, can incorporate a wide range of clinical services (e.g. nursing, drug therapy, physical therapy) and other activities such as physical construction (e.g. installing hydraulic lifts, renovating bathrooms and kitchens). These services are usually ordered by a physician or other professional. Depending on the country and nature of the health and social care system, some of the costs of these services may be covered by health insurance or long-term care insurance.
Modernized forms of long term services and supports (LTSS), reimbursable by the government, are user-directed personal services, family-directed options, independent living services, benefits counseling, mental health companion services, family education, and even self-advocacy and employment, among others. In home services can be provided by personnel other than nurses and therapists, who do not install lifts, and belong to the long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems of the US.
Informal long-term home care is care and support provided by family members, friends and other unpaid volunteers. It is estimated that 90% of all home care is provided informally by a loved one without compensation and in 2015, families are seeking compensation from their government for caregiving.
"Long-term services and supports" (LTSS) is the modernized term for community services, which may obtain health care financing (e.g., home and community-based Medicaid waiver services),and may or may not be operated by the traditional hospital-medical system (e.g., physicians, nurses, nurse's aides).
The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which works with the U. S. Congress, has indicated that while hospitals offer acute care, many non-acute, long-term services are provided to assist individuals to live and participate in the community. An example is the group home international emblem of community living and deinstitutionalization, and the variety of supportive services (e.g., supported housing, supported employment, supported living, family support).
The term is also common with aging groups, such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which annually surveys the US states on services for elders (e.g., intermediate care facilities, assisted living, home-delivered meals). Long term services and supports are discussed in depth in the forthcoming, Public Administration and Disability: Community Services Administration in the US. The new US Support Workforce includes the Direct Support Professional, which is largely non or for-profit, and the governmental workforces, often unionized, in the communities in US states.Nurse at a nursing home in Norway
Life expectancy is going up in most countries, meaning more people are living longer and entering an age when they may need care. Meanwhile, birth rates are generally falling. Globally, 70 percent of all older people now live in low or middle-income countries. Countries and health care systems need to find innovative and sustainable ways to cope with the demographic shift. As reported by John Beard, director of the World Health Organization's Department of Ageing and Life Course, "With the rapid ageing of populations, finding the right model for long-term care becomes more and more urgent."
The demographic shift is also being accompanied by changing social patterns, including smaller families, different residential patterns, and increased female labor force participation. These factors often contribute to an increased need for paid care.
In many countries, the largest percentages of older persons needing LTC services still rely on informal home care, or services provided by unpaid caregivers (usually nonprofessional family members, friends or other volunteers). Estimates from the OECD of these figures often are in the 80 to 90 percent range; for example, in Austria, 80 percent of all older citizens. The similar figure for dependent elders in Spain is 82.2 percent.
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that about 9 million American men and women over the age of 65 needed long-term care in 2006, with the number expected to jump to 27 million by 2050. It is anticipated that most will be cared for at home; family and friends are the sole caregivers for 70 percent of the elderly. A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that four out of every ten people who reach age 65 will enter a nursing home at some point in their lives.