Nursing homes can be used for many different things and offer a variety of services to those who stay there. If you must remain in a nursing home, you want to make sure that they meet your needs as well as fit your lifestyle and budget. Las Vegas is home to nursing homes like Plaza Regency that focus entirely on nursing needs like various therapies provided by nurse practitioners. Las Vegas Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center have both long and short-term stay options and the Heights of Summerlin not only provides regular nursing services but an extensive list of amenities like beauty salons, wireless internet, and housekeeping.
If you want to know more about the nursing home scene in Las Vegas, this guide should give you a general idea of things like price, services, and how to find the best nursing home for you.
In 2014, the US had 15,600 nursing homes with 1.7 million beds available.
Nevada has 58 certified nursing homes, and Las Vegas has 19 nursing homes.
Nevada had an occupancy rate of 80% in 2014.
36% of Americans 65 and older had some disability in 2014 and 15% found living independently difficult.
64% of the nursing homes in Nevada are non-profit.
The typical length of an average stay in a nursing home is around three years, but many factors go into that number. First, gender plays a role because women tend to live longer than men which means their average stay is a little higher. Also, if you have a complicated medical issue or a long-term illness, you might have to stay longer.
There are times where nursing homes are used as a transitional place for seniors on the mend and working to get back home. Most residents in nursing homes are dealing with chronic conditions or complicated medical issues that will keep them there for a while but there are some exceptions. If a senior has fallen and broken a bone, they might be in the hospital for a little while and then go to a nursing home to get therapy and work on mobility so they can return home.
Many facilities have respite care which gives seniors a place to stay while their caregivers take a break. Many seniors have family members work as their caregivers and that can be a 24/7 job which requires a lot of attention. Respite care provides caregivers the rest they need to recharge and get back to work. Respite can also be helpful for families that go on vacation and need someone to look after their loved one. These short-term stays can be trial runs in case you need long-term care in the future.
A nursing home is considered a step above an assisted living facility regarding care. They have personal care assistance that includes bathing and grooming tasks, getting in and out of bed, wheelchair transfers, and general mobility. A certified nursing assistant will often take care of these things. Nurses on staff can provide medical care that includes managing medication schedules, wound care, monitoring chronic medical conditions, and making sure the patient gets the proper therapy.
Therapy is another service nursing homes offer and there are many different kinds. Occupational therapy helps patients get better and stronger at everyday tasks like brushing their teeth, combing their hair, or writing. Speech therapy can help stroke patients relearn how to speak or swallow and physical therapy helps patients strengthen their body after a long illness, surgery, or fall. Hospice is also provided and gives patients near the end of their life as well as their families the care they deserve.
Meals are also provided and you might meet with a nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Many homes have a dining hall that gives residents a chance to get out of their rooms and socialize with other patients or meet up with their families. If you can’t come out of your room, you can eat with the assistance of a nurse there.
Social activities and spiritual care are a big part of nursing home life, so residents have fun and feel more comfortable. Seniors might get to watch movies, play card games, visit with therapy pets, enjoy live performances, or even go on outings to local destinations. There might be a variety of religious services, especially on holidays, along with prayer groups and Bible studies.
Some facilities offer additional amenities like salon or nail services and regular visits from the barber so residents can feel better about their appearance.
The rates for nursing homes in Las Vegas are competitively priced with other cities like Reno and Carson City and are close to the state average. The annual cost for a semi-private room in Las Vegas is $94,900 while a private room averages $105,850. That breaks down into a monthly cost of $7,908 and $8,821 respectively. Reno monthly rates are a little higher at $7,969 per month for a semi-private room and $9,155 per month for a private room.
Prices can go up or down depending on the location and size of the facility. Your level of care and the services you require will also affect your total cost. Medicaid approved facilities will offer agreed upon rates for Medicaid patients but if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, you might be able to work out a lower cost. If you’re a low-income senior without Medicaid, some non-profit facilities can operate on a sliding scale and offer you a rate that fits your budget.
Choosing a nursing home is a big decision that requires some research. If you need a facility fast, it might be wise to use friends and family members to help or utilize the services of a senior advisor. The most important thing is only to choose a facility that is properly licensed. They should also have a good history of responding to complaints and resolving them. There should be adequate staff and answer all your questions.
It’s best to visit each facility so you can see how clean they are, ask residents what they think of the place, and see how the staff interacts with the patients. Many places will also let you eat a meal. The American Health Care Association has a lot of resources about finding care and the questions you need to ask.
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