A Nursing Home offers two types of care and generally in two different parts of the building; care for individuals that need short-term Skilled Rehabilitative services such as physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, and Long Term Care for individuals that are either on Medicaid and/or have significant physical care needs. Examples of significant physical care needs include, a feeding tube, tracheotomy, and large individual who require two people to transfer them.
Many families believe that their elderly loved one requires a nursing home, if they need assistance in the area of dressing, bathing or transferring from their wheelchair. More times than not this is not the case because most assisted living facilities and memory care assisted living facilities can offer individuals a high level of care. Therefore, many seniors do not need to move to a nursing home and pay almost twice the amount.