Considering nursing home care isn’t always an easy choice, but you can rest easy knowing that if the time comes there are dozens of excellent options in the Nashville area that offer facilities with more than just standard care. As an example, Brookdale Belle Meade offers an entire continuum of care, from assisted living to nursing home care, and even provides services to patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are dozens of properties in the Nashville area, each with specialized care services and their own unique atmosphere that may appeal to you.
Here we examine a high-level summary of the care basics in Nashville like average monthly costs, services and amenities, and what to search for when choosing a nursing home.
You’ll find over 17 nursing homes in the Nashville area, 14 of which offer services to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
In Tennessee in 2014, over 27,500 seniors lived in a nursing home.
Roughly two-thirds of seniors will utilize long-term care services in their lifetime.
The average stay in long-term care is around 3 years.
Approximately 20 percent of long-term care residents are there 5 years or longer.
As we mentioned in our overview, on average seniors spend 3 years in a nursing home. Women tend to have longer stays than men as they live longer, but every individual and their medical needs are different. Some seniors may only stay a few weeks while others could stay several years.
Traditionally, nursing homes offer long-term care to patients who have chronic health issues and need 24-hour access to assistance. However, short-term care options are also available to patients who need rehabilitative care after a hospital stay and before they are able to return home.
Other short-term care may include dementia and Alzheimer’s respite care. Caregivers can take advantage of this option when they need a short break for a medical procedure, a vacation or other needs. This can also be a valuable way to give a facility a test drive should you need long-term care as you get older.
The care provided in nursing homes is a step up from what you’ll find in assisted living. Certified nurse assistants (CNA’s) offer daily assistance with things like bathing, dressing, toileting, and feeding residents. They also assist with medical care like managing therapies and medications, would care, regular check-ups, and working with seniors with dementia needs. The CNA’s are supervised by a registered nurse on staff at the facility.
Other on-site care services could include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Hospice services may be provided to seniors with life-ending illness and their families.
Daily meals served at nursing homes will accommodate any doctor's’ recommendations and also provide balanced nutrition to the residents. While it’s typical to eat together in a social dining hall on the property, seniors can also have their meals in their rooms.
Skilled nursing facilities will work to keep residents engaged and will offer regular weekly programming and events like holiday celebrations, game nights, movie nights, or pet-therapy sessions. Religious and spiritual activities may also be provided on-site.
Many properties want to help residents look and feel their best and will have hair or nail salons on the property who offer discounted services.
In a 2015, a survey conducted by Genworth on the Cost of Care found the median monthly cost for a semi-private residence in a nursing home was $6,083, and $6,996 for a private room in the Nashville-Davidson area. These rates are higher than the averages across the state which were $5,840 for semi-private and $6,269 for private rooms monthly.
With research, you’ll discover that throughout the Nashville-Davidson area facility rates can fluctuate significantly depending on the location, the size, and the amenities offered at each facility. Additionally, Medicaid certified skilled nursing facilities will have pre-negotiated contracted rates for patients who are receiving assistance, and some not-for-profit facilities may also be willing to negotiate rates for seniors who don’t qualify for Medicaid but need assistance.
The best way to do research on a potential nursing home is to visit the facility. While you're there, ask to see copies of their license, their complaint and resolution history, and their most recent inspection report. Take the time to have a meal to sample the food, talk with the staff, observe the staffing levels and cleanliness of the facility, and examine the building security. It’s also helpful to read online reviews from residents and family members about facilities, and to visit the Tennessee Commission of Aging and Disability website for links to resources in your area.
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