Nursing homes — also known as skilled nursing facilities — provide housing, meals, personal care, social services, social activities, and medical care to people whose physical or behavioral conditions prevent them from living independently.
Medical care ranges from personal assistance and limited nursing care for ambulatory residents to 24-hour intensive medical care to accommodate the seriously ill. Some nursing homes also offer care for specific conditions such as psychiatric or memory impairment, or specialized services such as rehabilitation and ventilator regulation.
A subset of nursing homes, Congregate Living Health Facilities (CLHFs), provide residents with more intensive care, usually in small, homelike settings.
Medicare and private insurance typically cover skilled care for a few months, but not long term stays. Most people get help covering the costs from Medi-Cal or other financial aid sources.
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Do you need a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Congregate Living Health Facility (CLHF), or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?
Individual medical needs as well as personal preferences will affect your search for a nursing home.
Review services, costs, and quality of care when considering potential facilities.
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