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Savannah Nursing Homes

Finding a nursing home can feel like a daunting task, and if you know nothing about these facilities, you might not know where to start.  Fortunately, Savannah nursing homes can care for a variety of needs and provide a range of services.  The Candler is a fitting example of all the services a nursing home can offer because not only do they have a skilled nursing facility and rehabilitative service, they also provide home care once patients have left.  Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab helps patients short-term after they leave the hospital and before they return home while Azalealand Nursing Home has both skilled nursing and rehabilitative services for their residents.

You can use this guide to learn more about nursing homes and the services they offer as well as look at costs in Savannah and find out how to search for the right nursing home.

Facts on Nursing Homes

According to the Administration on Aging's Profile of Older Americans, CDC Nursing Home FastStats, AARP Long-Term Care in Georgia, and CMC Nursing Home Data Compendium:

Adults 65 and older have an average life expectancy of another 19.3 years.

There were 15,600 nursing homes in 2014 with 1.7 million available beds.

Georgia has 358 certified nursing homes, and Savannah has 9 of them.

Georgia spends about 82% of their Medicaid funds on nursing homes.

87% of the nursing homes in Georgia had an above average rating.

Georgia had an occupancy rate of 85.9 in 2014.

How Long Will Seniors Spend in Nursing Homes?

For many seniors, the average length of a nursing home stay is about three years, but there are exceptions.  For example, women might stay longer because they tend to live longer than men.  The prognosis for each patient can also change the length of time a senior resides in a nursing home.

Many people assume that nursing homes are only long-term care facilities, but some patients only stay a brief time in nursing homes.  Many patients use a nursing home as a transitional period between the hospital and their home.  If for example, a senior has fallen and broken their hip or leg they will stay in the hospital for a while but then transfer to a nursing home for therapy.  If their prognosis is good, they will return home once their treatment is complete.

Nursing homes also offer respite care, and that could be another reason for a short-term stay.  Family caregivers often work 24/7 and respite care allows them to take a break longer for than a few hours or days.  It can also be helpful if your regular caregiver is on vacation or gone for longer than a day or so.  Some seniors use these short-term stays as a trial run for future long-term care options.

Services at Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are a step below hospitals, but they provide a lot of services that are crucial to patient’s health and well-being.  Certified nursing assistants handle personal care tasks like getting out of bed, bathing, getting dressed, wheelchair transfers, and general grooming.  Nurses take care of medical tasks like checking vitals, monitoring medication schedules, changing any bandages, and care for any chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes.

Therapy is the primary part of rehabilitative services in nursing homes, and there are many kinds.  Occupational therapy can help patients get better at daily tasks, speech therapy can help stroke victims regain speech, and physical therapy can help seniors after an injury or serious surgery.  Oxygen therapy and cardio therapy can help patients with illnesses like pneumonia or a heart attack.  Some patients won’t be returning home and can use hospice care to prepare themselves for the end of their life.  A care team will assist not only the patient but their family as well.

Nutrition plays a significant role in recovery for many patients, and the meal plans at nursing homes can help each resident.  A nutritionist might help plan meals to suit specific dietary needs.  Meals served in a dining hall or cafeteria style setting give the residents the opportunity to leave their rooms and socialize with others.  If you need assistance or can’t leave your room, you can eat there instead.

Social activities are also a part of nursing home life and help patients engage with others, which keeps their minds sharp.  Events might include regular movie or game nights, exercise or arts and crafts classes, live performances from local groups, visits from therapy pets, and daily outings for the residents who are well enough.  Many nursing homes also have a variety of religious services and correlating holiday celebrations along with prayer groups or Bible studies.

Each nursing home might also have additional amenities like salon or barber services.  Residents can get things like a haircut or shave in their room and look their best for visitors.

Savannah Nursing Home Rates

Long-term care is not cheap, but in certain areas and situations, it can be a little more affordable.  Savannah happens to be one of the more affordable cities in Georgia when it comes to long-term care.  A semi-private room in Savannah costs $67,343 per year, and a private room costs $72,544.  Compared to Atlanta’s price at $78,475 for a semi-private room and $83,950 for a private, that is a lot less.  On average, you can expect to pay between $5,612 to $6,045 per month.

The size of the facility, as well as the location, will affect the total cost and things like the length of your stay and the services you use can change it too.  Medicaid patients that use a Medicaid approved facility will pay the agreed upon rate, but if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, there are some options.  Sometimes non-profit homes will operate on a sliding scale to accommodate your budget.

What Should I Look for In a Nursing Home?

Take your time and make sure you do your homework when you look for a nursing home. There are situations when you might need a nursing home fast, but you can ask for help from family members and senior advisors to find the best place.  Most important is choosing a location that has the proper license as well as excellent inspection records.  Ask to see the reports and make sure they have a history of responding to and resolving complaints.  

If it’s possible, visit the facility you’re considering.  These tours give you the chance to see how clean it is and observe the interactions between staff and residents.  You can talk with current residents and even eat a meal to get a feel for the place.  The Georgia Health Care Association has an online buyer’s guide to help you build a list of questions and know where to look in your area.  

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