Dayton is still the City of Invention and Innovation which is why so many seniors choose the city for retirement. Dayton offers a wide range of nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, to make life easier on its seniors and their caregivers.
In 2014, there were 74,828 nursing home residents across the state.
Over 900 nursing homes in Ohio accept both Medicare and Medicaid.
The Ohio Department of Health licenses and certifies about 960 nursing homes in the state.
Every nursing home is inspected (unannounced) every 9 to 15 months by the Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, Bureau of Long Term Care.
Nursing home stays can be categorized as long-term, short-term, or respite. Long-term care provides Dayton residents with assistance for activities for daily living (ADLs) while managing a chronic condition. ADLs include bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming, eating, and mobility. Senior residents with Alzheimer’s disease or a terminal illness may require long-term care. This type of care can last from a few months to several years until the end of life.
Short-term stays can last from a few weeks to a few months. Seniors recuperating from a surgery or recovering from a stroke are transferred from a hospital to the nursing home for intensive care and rehabilitative services. The nursing home is a less expensive alternative to a hospital stay.
Many caregivers and their loved ones use respite care to give the caregiver a break. Your loved one can stay at a facility for a few days to a few weeks and receive the same care provided to full time residents. This is an opportunity for you to visit a facility on a trial basis without making a commitment. If you are the caregiver and plan to use respite care frequently, talk to your loved one about trying different skilled nursing facilities to see which atmosphere and community they like best, in case a long-term care move is necessary in the future.
Similar to assisted living communities, nursing homes offer a shared community, however, the skilled nursing facilities accommodate seniors that require intensive care. Nursing homes help seniors with ADLs like bathing and dressing, but offer much more. The following are a list of some services offered by nursing homes, like Heartland of Centerville, in Dayton:
Assistance with ADLs Medication management Physical, occupational, and speech therapy Wound care Complimentary transportation Hospice Respite care Common areas located indoor and outdoor
Nursing homes provide a safe and structured program to keep seniors engaged with activities, games, entertainment, and events. Some facilities offer beauty and barber services onsite.
To live in an innovative city like Dayton, you can expect to pay a little more than the national or state averages. According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Ohio, the daily median rate for a semi-private room in Dayton is $250. The U.S. national average is $220 per day. The state average for the same semi-private room is $210 per day.
Not everyone wants to share a bedroom in a nursing home with someone. The national average for a private room is $250 per day and the state average is $235 per day. In Dayton, the daily median rate for a private room is $293. These rates are expected to increase by as much as 6 percent in the next five years. The actual rates will vary across locations and are dependent on services and the level of care required.
Before committing to a nursing home for any length of stay, there are a few questions you should ask the manager:
Is the facility Medicare and/or Medicaid certified?
Does the nursing home provide the level of care required or offer aging in place?
What types of services are included in the rate? Which ones are not covered?
Are visitors allowed and in what areas?
How many RNs. LPNs, and CNAs are on staff?
Will the staff work cooperatively with other care providers for the best possible care?
The Medicare.gov site offers a checklist you may want to print out and take with you on tour. Take special note on the cleanliness of the rooms and maintenance of the grounds. You want your loved one to feel comfortable in a setting that represents what Dayton has to offer.
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