What does “skilled nursing facility” mean in Colorado?

Skilled nursing facilities, commonly known as nursing homes, are centers for short- and/or long-term care which are licensed, regulated, and inspected by the State of Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment. As a rule, skilled nursing facilities have nurses staffed around the clock, with a minimum of one registered nurse.

Short-term care, also known as short-term rehab or sub-acute care, is a temporary stay offered to people who need 24/7 nursing care following a hospitalization due to a traumatic event, such as a major fall or a stroke. Residents will stay in a short-term rehab wing for about a month, at which point the goal is to discharge the patient to their home. If the resident’s condition continues to necessitate 24/7 skilled nursing, a long-term care facility may be the best option for discharge.

Long-term care serves residents with chronic conditions that require ongoing 24/7 nursing care, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, congestive heart failure, COPD, and osteoporosis. In addition to medical care, skilled nursing facilities, both long- and short-term aid residents with activities of daily living. One major difference between short- and long-term care is that short-term skilled nursing aims to discharge residents back to their previous home environment, while a long-term care facilities becomes the home of the resident due to their need for care.

While many skilled nursing facilities in Colorado are focused on short-term rehab while still admitting long-term residents, others, such as Aspen Siesta, solely provide long-term care, allowing them to focus on creating a home-like atmosphere with much lower resident turnover. If you have any questions about long-term care or skilled nursing, give us a call at303.757.1209. We would be honored to help.

Source: http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/skilled-nursing-care/

What is respite care and who needs it?

In Denver, respite care is a short-term (generally less than a month) stay in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, in which a senior receives day-to-day care at a daily rate. Respite care can also be provided in the home by home health agencies.

When is respite care needed? – Respite care is as much for the caregiver as for the senior receiving care. Respite stays can give family members or friends a much-needed and well-deserved break from the demanding task of caring for a loved one. Respite stays are also a good resource for primary caregivers who need or want to travel, giving you the assurance that your loved one’s needs will be taken care of while you are away. Finally, respite care can be a way of evaluating an assisted living or skilled nursing community prior to actual placement.

What kind of provider is best for respite care? – This depends on the condition and needs of your loved one. Does he or she need a secured facility for dementia? Look into memory care. Does he or she simply need assistance with daily tasks, such as taking medications and self-cares? Assisted living will likely be a good option. Does your loved one need round-the-clock nursing coverage? Seek out a skilled nursing facility like Aspen Siesta. In any case, the best first step is to visit the different facilities to get a feel for the care and environment that is provided. How is the smell? Is it clean? Are the residents happy? What are the staffing ratios? How will your loved one’s specific needs be met? These are all important questions to consider to ensure that your loved one is well taken care of so you can experience peace of mind and rest during the stay.

As always, if you are in the Denver metro area, we would be happy to answer your questions about respite stays, whether at Aspen Siesta or elsewhere. Feel free to give us a call at (303) 757-1209.

Source: http://www.aplaceformom.com/respite-care