Long-Term Care Facilities Can Provide Excellent Care, Peace of Mind for Caregivers of People with Severe Disabilities
“I could never put my family member in a nursing home. I could not do that to him/her.”
- 24/7 supervised care. This is almost impossible to provide at home even with electronic devices. Family caregivers never get a rest. Care is provided in a long-term care home by certified experts around the clock. Because of this close, ongoing care, long-term care home staff often become like extended family, which residents find supportive and reassuring.
- The ability of the caregiver to return to a more normal life. Placing a loved one with severe disabilities into a long-term care home enables caregivers to spend quality time with their loved one, instead of being busy with all the tasks involved in caring for that individual with severe disabilities at home. Caregivers can rest assured their loved one is being fed, given medications at the appropriate times and being supervised in all areas to maintain or promote his or her optimum level of functionality.
- Specialized care units with trained caregivers to support people with severe disabilities. Long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities have occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and recreational therapists on site to conduct rehabilitation and maintain function, eliminating the need for therapy transport. The homes provide specialized equipment to assist with activities of daily living and functioning. In addition to clinical staff, social workers/care managers and ombudsmen are assigned to each resident who act as resident advocates.
- Socialization and community living. Long-term care homes offer people with severe disabilities the opportunity to participate in social gatherings, clubs and hobbies and attend cultural and physical activities of their choice. The opportunity to socialize with other residents of their age and interests prevents individuals from feeling isolated, a problem that is prevalent in people with disabilities.
- Financial savings. Many long-term care homes accept Medicare and Medicaid, which cover much of the cost of eligible individuals. There are obvious differences in amenities of long-term care homes. The more amenities available, generally the higher the cost.