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Nursing Homes, also called Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), are for individ- uals who need nursing care and/or more personal care than can be provided in another setting. Many individuals turn to
a nursing home when their income and savings cannot cover other long-term care options, when family members can no longer play a major role in caregiving, or when they have 24-hour nursing needs.
Most residents receive basic care: help with bathing, toileting, feeding, dressing, medication, skin care, and walking. Basic care also includes observation and assessment of health needs, such as watching for infections and serious illness.
Skilled care means the resident needs the daily attention of a licensed health professional such as a registered nurse, practical nurse, or physical therapist under orders from a doctor. Skilled care may include intravenous (IV) feedings or medication, colostomy care, treatment of severe bed sores, physical therapy, or observation and assessment of a changing or unstable condition.
Medicaid can pay for both skilled and basic care; Medicare covers only skilled care, and only on a short-term basis.
Sometimes a skilled nursing facility is utilized as a place for rehab after surgery or injury to help the senior regain the skills and movement needed in order to return back to their home.
See the listing on page 22 for places to reach out to for more information.
Special Circumstances
Hospice care: Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.
If you qualify for hospice care and choose to receive the hospice benefit you still have choices for care. Hospice services may include physical care, counseling, medications, equipment, and supplies for the terminal illness and related condition(s). As part of hospice care, you’ll have a specially trained team of professionals and caregivers to pro- vide care, including taking care of your
physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
The hospice benefit allows you and your family to stay together in the comfort of your home unless you
need care in an inpatient facility. If the hospice team determines that you need inpatient care, the hospice team will make the arrangements for your stay. Many nursing homes and residential care facilities also have contracts with hospice providers so that a loved one will not have to move.
Medicare covers hospice care if you qualify. Medicare doesn’t cover room and board if you get general hospice services while you’re a resident of a nursing home or a hospice residential facility. If you’re eligible, Medicaid may pay for some services that Medicare doesn’t cover, like personal care assistance at home. Medicare doesn’t pay for 24-hour assistance if you get hospice services at home.
For more information on Medicare’s coverage of hospice care and who qualifies, visit
Complex Medical
If you need help with any of these conditions, you may benefit
from an inpatient skilled nursing and rehabilitation stay.
Heartland Health Care Center – Battle Creek
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