• Finding the best option for your aging parents can be a daunting task. The Best Prescott Nursing Home is here to help you make it easier.

    The Best Prescott Nursing Home

    As the population ages, more of us are faced with the prospect of moving either ourselves or an older family member into a nursing or convalescent home. It may be a decision that arrives suddenly following hospitalization, or gradually as needs become more difficult to meet in other types of housing.

     

    Deciding to move can be stressful, often due to misconceptions about these facilities. To make a decision that’s right for you or a loved one, it’s important to learn all you can about nursing homes in Prescott, AZ.

     

    Nursing homes provide a cost-effective way to enable patients with injuries, acute illnesses or postoperative care needs to recover in an environment outside a hospital. When these patients are admitted from a hospital, Medicare will cover the cost.

    Why Choose a Nursing Home?

    A nursing home is a place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day.

     

    Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy. There might be a nurses' station on each floor. Other nursing homes try to be more like home. They try to have a neighborhood feel. Often, they don't have a fixed day-to-day schedule, and kitchens might be open to residents. Staff members are encouraged to develop relationships with residents.

     

    Some nursing homes have special care units for people with serious memory problems such as Alzheimer's disease. Some will let couples live together. Nursing homes are not only for the elderly, but for anyone who requires 24-hour care.

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  • When should I or a loved one consider a nursing home?

    Whether you and your family are facing a quick decision about a nursing home due to a recent event, or have been coping with a worsening progressive disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, considering a nursing home is not an easy decision. Emotions such as guilt, sadness, frustration, and anger are normal. Working through the possibilities of housing, finances, and medical needs can help you and your family make an informed decision. Here are some questions to ask when considering a nursing home:

    Nursing Home Senior Assesment

    Senior Assessment

    Has the senior been assessed recently?

    If a nursing home is being considered as the next step after hospitalization, this probably has already been done. However, if a senior is considering a move from home or another facility, a more formal assessment by a medical team can help clarify the senior’s needs and see if other housing options may be a possibility.

    Health Needs

    Can the senior's needs be met in another housing situation?

    The risk of falls may be too great, or the senior’s medical needs may no longer be able to be met at home or in another facility. If the senior needs 24-hour supervision, or is in danger of wandering off or forgetting about a hot stove, for example, a skilled nursing facility may be the best option. If the senior’s needs are solely custodial, though, an assisted living facility may be a better fit.

    Primary Caregiver

    Can the primary caregiver meet the seniors needs?

    Caregivers are often juggling the needs of work, their own family responsibilities, and their own health. It’s not possible for one person to be awake and responsive 24 hours a day. Sometimes other family members can help fill in the gap. Day programs, home care services, and respite care, where a senior temporarily stays in a nursing home, may also provide the support a caregiver needs. However, there may come a point where medical needs become too great and home care services are unable to bridge the gap or become too expensive.

    Temporary or Permanent

    Would the need for a nursing home be temporary or permanent? 

    Sometimes, a temporary situation may be covered through home care, or family members might be able to rotate care on a short-term basis. However, if the level of care is expected to be permanent, this may be too expensive or coverage might not be enough.

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    Here are some helpful tips to use when researching nursing homes

    What to look for in the staff?

    Always visit and meet with the staff before making a decision

    • How frequently does the staff turnover? What is the staffing level on weekdays, weekends, and evenings?
    • Do they have time to speak with you, or does it feel rushed?
    • How would they manage your health condition? How are medications and procedures arranged? And how do they handle emergencies or accidents such as falls?
    • Do they appear genuinely interested in you, and do you see them interacting warmly with current residents?

    What to look for in the residents?

    Another helpful time is to spend a little time engaging with current residents

    • Do the residents appear happy, engaged? Or excessively groggy and over-medicated? Do they seem clean and well groomed? Do they seem like people you’d enjoy getting to know? How do they respond to you? Try to observe social gatherings such as meals or other activities. If needed, are residents getting timely help to eat, and with getting to and from the gathering areas?
    • If you see a family visiting, you can ask them about their impressions of the home and how their loved one has been treated. Ask if there is a family council and if you could attend.

    What to look for in the facility?

    These are all key components to a happy home for your family member

    • Cleanliness. Does the facility appear clean? Do you smell urine or strong deodorizers that may be covering up the smell of urine?
    • Food. What kinds of meals are normally served? Does it look nutritious and appetizing? How are special diets handled? What kind of help is available with meals, and do they have to be eaten at the same time or in a common area?
    • Arrangement. Traditionally, nursing homes have been run like a medical facility, including a centralized nursing station with set medication and mealtimes. Some nursing homes, however, are now moving to a different model, with smaller communities and communal areas. If this type is available in your area, it may provide a more homely feel.
    • Activities. What quality of life activities are available for residents? Are outside activities also arranged, health permitting?
    • Experience with your condition. If a loved one has Alzheimer’s, for example, is there a special care unit or specialized staff and activities? How does staff handle behavioral problems like agitation or wandering?
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    Finding the right nursing home is not easy, and you may be under pressure to move fast due to a recent hospitalization or deterioration in a health condition. The more information you have, the greater your chances of finding the right fit for you or a loved one. Here are some tips on narrowing down your options:

    Start with Referrals

    Does your family physician or specialist have any recommendations? Or do you know any friends who have used different homes? Knowing someone with first-hand experience of a nursing home can help you narrow your choices. However, remember your needs may differ; one size does not fit all.

    Educate Yourself

    Online resources for Prescott nursing homes include ranking sites that utilize existing state data to rate nursing homes. In the U.S., every state has what is called a long-term care ombudsman, which can be a valuable resource about the current condition of a nursing home. Advocacy groups can also provide hints on searching for the right facility. See the Resources section below for more information.

    Consider Medical Needs

    Different nursing homes may have more expertise in different areas. Are they experienced in handling your condition, such as for Alzheimer’s or a stroke? Or are you looking for more short-term rehabilitation?

    Factor in Distance

    In general, the more convenient the home, the easier it is for family and friends to visit. Nothings worse than being too far away when you want to visit most or trying to keep up when you and others are just too far away.

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    We are available 7 days a week by phone at 1-928-778-3128 or feel free to visit us anytime.

  • What information can I get about Nursing Homes?

    The nursing homes that are shown on Nursing Home Compare provide a level of care called "skilled" care. Skilled care is care given when you need skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to manage, observe, or evaluate your care. Examples of skilled care include intravenous (IV) injections and physical therapy.
    Nursing Home Compare includes information on:

    • 5-star quality ratings of overall and individual star performance on health inspections, quality measures, and hours of care provided per resident by staff performing nursing care tasks.
    • Health and fire-safety inspections with detailed and summary information about deficiencies found during the 3 most recent comprehensive inspections (conducted annually) and the last 3 years of complaint investigations. Learn more about the nursing home certification process- Opens in a new window.
    • Nursing home staffing information about the number of registered nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses, physical therapists and nursing assistants in each nursing home.
    • A set of quality measures that describe the quality of care in nursing homes including % of residents with pressure sore, % of residents with urinary incontinence and more.
    • Penalties against a nursing home.

    Adult Care Homes verses Nursing Homes

    • Adult Care Homes (ACH) (also known as Adult Foster Care, or Adult Family Homes) are located in residential areas throughout many metro cities in the United States. You may not even recognize an Adult Care Home in your neighborhood, unless there is signage for advertising.

    On average, there are no more than five residents at a time living in an Adult Care Home. Prescott Adult Care Homes may be licensed for different levels of care. Some highly skilled Adult Care Homes specialize in bariatric care, ventilator care, recovery from cosmetic surgery, and psychiatric care. Adult Care Homes are often an excellent alternative to nursing homes, but are not common in some areas and can be difficult to find.

    Check with your local Area Agency on Aging or a Placement and Referral Specialist for assistance in locating an Adult Care Home.

     

    All About Prescott Adult Care Homes

     

    Most Adult Care Homes provide the following in a base rate:

    • Room and Board, Meals, Laundry, and Specified Basic Services
    • Adult Care Home prices can range anywhere from $2500-$6000 per month.

    In addition to the base rate, care costs may be added based on specific needs. Examples of these additional costs can include but are not limited to:

    • Toileting Assistance
    • Grooming/ Hygiene Assistance
    • Transfer/ Mobility Assistance
    • Behavior Monitoring/ Cognitive Assistance
    • Hospice Care
    • Eating Assistance
    • Dressing Assistance

    Who pays for Adult Care Homes?

    • Medicare does not pay for Adult Care Homes.
    • Medicaid may pay for Adult Care Homes, if the home carries a Medicaid contract. This does not guarantee that a home will accept Medicaid clients.
    • Most Long Term Care Insurance policies will pay for Adult Care Homes, as long as the policy-holder meets certain requirements for care and the Adult Care Home meets guidelines established by the policy.
    • Private Pay

    Key Benefits of Adult Care Homes:

    • Intimate, family-oriented setting
    • Home cooked meals
    • High levels of care available
    • Low turnover, high staffing to resident ratios

    Residential Setting Benefits Many

     

    Adult care homes provide room, board and care much like assisted living facilities, but in a smaller, more personal setting. In contrast to assisted living with its more active social opportunities, care homes specialize in more hands-on care and personal attention. As with other care communities, the level of care and focus varies. But many care homes specialize by design and staffing to attend people with memory care issues such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

     

    Due to the nature of adult care homes’ familial relationship, the providers cultivate an “age in place” environment, often keeping residents through the “end of life.” By offering continuity and avoiding multiple moves, residents and their families enjoy reduced stress and avoid trauma.

    Depending on residents’ needs, adult care homes provide family-style meals, supervision, assistance with medications and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and social activities. Most care homes offer private/semi private rooms and 24-hour personalized care.

     

    Some specialize in dementia and mental health issues while others cater to conditions such as diabetes. Another contingency provides more resort-style facilities, often boasting a full menu of amenities such as landscaped gardens, organized social outings and weekly live entertainment.

     

    Choosing an Appropriate Prescott Adult Care Homes

     

    As with other, long-term care options, a number of factors should be considered when selecting an adult care home, including physical, mental and financial factors. During the evaluation stage, for example, meet with residents and talk to their family members. It is also a good idea to check with the long-term care ombudsman, who oversees the quality care in a residence. Ask if a care home is in compliance or if it has had complaints and how they were resolved. Placement services can often help match the individual with the right community.

     

    When evaluating an adult care home, research the provider’s credentials and background as well as observe if they are kind, compassionate individuals. Do they provide a true family environment in a residential neighborhood? Another tip is to look for an adult care home where the residents are satisfied and the resident and his or her family members are invited to join in a partnership with the family.

     

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    Adult care homes are a great option for those in need of a more personalized senior living experience. Browse our comprehensive online directory to Find Care Homes in your area.

     

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