Nursing Home Have Come a Long Way to Offer More Choices and Patient — focused Care
According to the AARP, more than 42 million Americans provide care for an adult who needs help with daily activities. And while many caregivers are not equipped to provide the physical, emotional and medical care their loved ones need in order to live at home, the idea of sending a loved one to a nursing home is an agonizing decision made often as a last resort. Many Americans are not aware of the benefits that nursing homes offer — not the least of which is to support the well-being of the caregiver whose quality of life often deteriorates as a result of caring for a loved one.
Today’s nursing homes are much more sophisticated than they were even a decade ago. Some nursing homes even go as far as mirroring high end hotels. And, many recognize that the diversity of America offers opportunities to serve unique populations within its communities.
Healthcare entrepreneur Joel Landau understands this all too well. Coming from a Jewish background, he saw need for nursing homes to be able to care for a diverse patient base — one that not only can provide the necessary culinary of specific ethnic groups, but meet their linguistic and cultural needs as well. At a number of Joel Landau’s Allure Group skilled nursing centers, you will find programs that specifically cater to the needs of the Asian, Spanish, Russian and Jewish patients. The Allure Group skilled nursing centers offer post-acute and long-term care provided by nurses, doctors and clinical support staff that speak Mandarin, Spanish, Russian and Yiddish. The centers have amenities that meet the patients’ cultural background, such as synagogues, authentic ethnic meals, activities (such as mahjong), and TV channels (in Spanish and Mandarin) to name a few.
Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities are places meant for people who do not need to be in a hospital, but they can no longer be cared for at home. People who need care after surgery or people with critical injuries or serious illnesses are suitable candidates for such facilities, because they have skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day. Those that are looking into the prospect of going to a nursing home, or their families, can always consult with a healthcare provider to make sure that they are making a smart choice.
Nowadays, there are different types of nursing homes which can be: hospital-like, household-like, or a combination of both units, and those that are looking for a nursing home, should feel free to ask their doctor for some recommendations and help them make an informed decision. Nursing homes recognize the need to provide a setting that mimics the patient’s home environment.
Knowing your choices is crucial for choosing the right type of facility for you, and here Joel Landau suggests just a few key points. For example, in order to make a right decision you first need to set your priorities straight, and know what is most important for you. For some people, the need to stay true to the culture and customs of which they were raised is vital. For others, it may be the need for physical therapy, nursing care, food, social life, or maybe a religious connection. Joel Landau also encourages seniors to ask questions. If they’re not sure about their priorities, or simply feel they’re not informed enough, they can always ask a relative, a friend, social worker, or a neighbor to help them find the right place, and hopefully make some sort of a suggestion. Then, all of their suggestions can be used to make a list of nursing homes that offer the required services.