Long-term care in a skilled nursing facility is something the average senior is likely to need at some point. According to statistics, two-thirds of adults 65 and above will live in a long-term care facility. In Indianapolis, there are dozens of properties to choose from when it’s time to select the right facility for you, many of which offer advanced services and care. For example, Brookdale Fall Creek is an extremely well-rated facility that offers a continuum of care ranging from assisted living all the way to dementia care for their residents. The many properties throughout the city have different options and character, making it easy to find the one that best meets your needs.
Read on to learn more about the cost, services provided, and what to look for in a facility in the Indianapolis area.
Indianapolis has over two-dozen skilled nursing facilities in the area.
Over 39,000 seniors were nursing home residents in 2014.
The average length of stay in a skilled nursing facility for a senior is 3 years.
Skilled nursing care is utilized for 5 years or more by 20 percent of senior residents.
In our snapshot, we highlighted that most seniors stay in a nursing home for an average of 3 years. Research shows us that women typically are there a bit longer than men as they live longer, but for each individual adult, the time in residence can vary. Your health conditions and medical needs will determine the length of your stay and it could be anywhere from a few weeks to years.
Traditionally nursing homes are long-term care providers for those with chronic health conditions who need access to nursing staff 24 hours a day. Additionally, they can provide short-term care for patients who need a transitional option for recovery before returning home such as following a stay in the hospital.
Patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s may also utilize short-term care options should their caregivers need to take time away from being their primary care provider.
Nursing home care is designed to be delivered as hands-on care by certified nurse assistants (CNA’s) whenever the residents need help. Assistance can be provided for with daily tasks like bathing and dressing, or for medical tasks like wound care or medication administration. The CNA’s at the nursing home are supervised by the staff registered nurse.
Additional medical resources may be available at the skilled nursing facility and could include physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Seniors with life-ending illnesses and their loved ones may also have Hospice available for support.
Skilled nursing facilities provide meals to their residents that meet nutrition guidelines and doctor recommendations. Seniors can choose to eat in the social meal hall or in their rooms, and will be provided with assistance if they need it.
Entertainment is provided to residents including activities like movie nights, holiday celebrations, game nights, and social outings. Seniors who have religious needs may be able to take advantage of an on-site chaplain who may offer weekly services or study groups.
Additional personal care, like beauty salons or nail salons, may be available on the premises at a discounted rate to residents to help them look their best.
The 2015 Cost of Care survey conducted by Genworth estimates the median monthly cost of nursing home care in Indianapolis to be $6,235 for a semi-private room and $8,118 for a private room. These costs are comparable to the averages in the rest of the state. State-wide seniors pay a monthly median of $6,540 for semi-private care and $7,604 for private care.
As medians, these costs reflect the midpoint of the properties in the area and many will vary greatly depending on a number of factors including the size of the facility, services offered, and the location in the city. Seniors who are assisted by Medicaid for their health care will need to choose an approved facility that will already have their fee structure predetermined. Seniors who aren’t on the program, but who need financial assistance to pay for care, should visit non-profit homes in your area and inquire about rate adjustments based on income.
Several important details determine if a nursing home is a good fit for you. Take a tour of the facility and ask to see a copy of their license, recent inspection report, and their complaint history. Pay attention to the cleanliness and the staff interaction with the residents, and try a meal while you’re there to experience the quality of the food.
Do online research on facilities that provide user reviews to see what residents and their loved ones have to say about the property. Finally, visit the Indiana Commission on Aging website to access resources and information about the facilities in your area.
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