During retirement, one of the things you may have to do is search for a nursing home. While this might not seem like a fun task, it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Greensboro is home to many beautiful facilities, and many seniors have access to fantastic nursing homes. There are several types to meet the diverse needs of each resident like Blumenthal Nursing & Rehab, which provides assisted living as well as nursing home and acute care. Britthaven of Greensboro helps seniors with disabilities that affect their daily lives, and Golden LivingCenter has both short-term and long-term care options.
This guide will lead you through the costs of nursing homes in Greensboro as well as what services you can expect, how to find the best nursing home for you, and how to pay for your care.
According to the CDC, Nursing Home FastStats; CMC, Nursing Home Data Compendium; The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, State Health Facts; American Health Care Association, Fast Facts; and North Carolina Health and Human Services, Aging Profiles:
There were approximately 15,664 nursing facilities in the United States in 2015.
Over 1.3 million residents lived in a nursing home in 2015.
North Carolina has about 425 nursing facilities and a capacity for 44,550 residents.
About 44% of the nursing home population is there to receive post-acute rehabilitative care.
In 2015, about 14% of the Greensboro population was 65 or older. By 2035, that could increase to 21%.
Not every senior will have to stay in a nursing home, but those that do can expect to stay an average of three years. There are a few factors that could change that number such as gender. Women usually live longer than men. Therefore, they could potentially stay longer in a nursing home. Other factors include the type of illness, prognosis after a health issue, and age.
Nursing home residents are made up of both short and long-term patients. Nursing homes can serve as a transitional period between the hospital and home. Some patients don’t need to stay a long time because they have a good prognosis. Say a senior is recovering from pneumonia and they go to a nursing home to work on breathing therapy. If they have no complications and everything goes well, they might be on their way home in a few weeks.
Respite care also contributes to a facilities short-term residents. Sometimes caregivers need a break or must be away from their loved ones for a longer time. Nursing homes can take care of seniors in need of medical or personal supervision until their regular caregiver returns. Respite can also serve as an “audition” and help you decide what nursing home to use if you need one in the future.
A nursing facility can serve so many purposes because there are a lot of services to meet everyone’s needs. Just like in assisted living or in-home care services, nursing homes can care for both personal and medical needs. Tasks might include getting out of bed in the morning, getting dressed, taking a bath, or medication reminders. A certified nursing assistant often provides for these needs. A nurse will take care of more medical specific needs like changing bandages, administering medication, checking vital signs, monitoring pre-existing health conditions, and informing the doctor of any changes.
Therapy is another part of nursing home services and is particularly useful for seniors working to get home. Physical therapy can help patients regain strength after an injury or surgery, and occupational therapy can help them relearn how to do daily tasks like brushing their teeth. Speech therapists often work with stroke patients to help them learn how to talk and swallow. Hospice care is also available for patients nearing the end of their life and helps both them and their family manage their affairs and emotions.
Meal plans are another part of nursing home life and can be tailored by a nutritionist to meet specific dietary needs. Facilities usually have a central cafeteria like setting to serve meals which also gives residents a chance to socialize and eat with others. You can also eat in your room if you need extra assistance or aren’t able to get around on your own.
Social events help residents stay sharp and interact with their peers and environment. Activities could include arts and crafts, exercises geared towards seniors, live entertainment, game nights, trivia competitions, or daily outings if available. You can also find facilities that offer religious services, devotionals, and prayer groups.
Grooming services, like salon and barber services, can help residents look their best. These services can help patients freshen up if they’re expecting visitors or help them feel better about their appearance.
Senior care can be expensive, and the Genworth Cost of Care Survey puts the cost of Greensboro nursing homes between $80,282 and $89,516 per year. Fortunately, these costs are lower than national averages and lower than neighboring cities. The monthly cost of a semi-private room in Greensboro is $6,690 while a private room is $7,460. The Durham area is between $6,935 and $7,908, and the Winston area is between $6,753 and $7,787 per month.
A few things influence these rates including the location of the facility and its size. The services you use while you’re there and the length of your stay can also contribute to your total cost. If you’re a low-income senior, Medicaid can help cover your costs if you meet the requirements and use an approved facility. Some non-profit institutions are also willing to work with seniors on a budget and come up with a rate that fits your financial allowance.
It can feel overwhelming to find the right nursing home, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to find one. If you’re on a time-crunch, you can ask your friends and family members to help you with the search, or you could consider using a senior advisor. Based on your needs, these professionals can come up with a few facilities that they think could be the right fit.
Once you do have a list of potential homes, try to visit each one. Ask to see an inspection record and make sure they have a history of responding to problems. Check the staff to patient ratio and watch how they interact with the patients. If you can, talk with current residents and eat a meal in the cafeteria. These visits will give you a feel for how your stay will be.
You should also look at online reviews and get recommendations from friends or your health care provider. The North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association has a list of questions to ask when you visit and other resources to assist your search.
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