Finding Skilled Nursing That's Right for You
Life Care Center of Richland

Finding Skilled Nursing That's Right for You

You may be familiar with skilled nursing, but do you know enough to find the right care for you or a loved one?

Skilled nursing is a type of care delivered by a team of nurses and therapists who provide patients a comprehensive day-to-day care plan. Skilled nursing facilities care for patients who are unable to engage in routine activities independently. Skilled nursing programs typically involve physical, occupational and speech therapies, and specialty services such as wound care.

Who needs skilled nursing?

Individuals who need skilled nursing often require the following assistance:

• Eating, bathing and dressing
• Walking and transferring from sitting to standing
• Recovery after a surgery or illness

Home care or skilled care?

While your choice of a skilled nursing facility or home care is a personal decision and depends on a variety of factors, receiving care in a skilled nursing setting has advantages worth considering:

• Amenities, such as dining, cable television, room service and laundry care are among the many features in place that help patients feel more at home.

• Fine dining can be found at various upscale skilled nursing centers and many allow patients to modify their menus for personal preferences, dietary restrictions and medical needs.

• Activity programs can help guests stay engaged and entertained. From board games to bake sales, book clubs and barbecues, skilled nursing centers find creative ways to lift moods and keep patients happy.

• State-of-the-art therapy programs use innovative technology to help patients improve various areas of their health.

• 24-hour nursing provides the clinical security patients and their families need around the clock.

• Private rooms are available at select facilities for patients who prefer privacy, while semi-private rooms can be convenient for those who are comfortable sharing the company of others.

While receiving care in the comfort of one’s home can be a convenient option for some, a skilled nursing facility can help alleviate the obligations of being at home while receiving compassionate care that feels just the same.

3 things to consider

Selecting a skilled nursing facility is a decision one shouldn’t take lightly. So it’s important to shop around for a place that meets your unique needs. When taking a tour, review the following to find the facility that fits the bill:

• Does it pass your five senses? For example, does your environment smell clean and pleasant? Does the food satisfy your personal tastes and nutritional requirements? Is the building well-maintained and appointed? Is the air conditioning and humidity comfortable, and is everything you touch clean? Do the patients, residents, staff and family members seem content?

• Is it prestigious? Many facilities will claim to be the best. But it’s important to seek out care centers that proudly wear seals of approval in clinical excellence. For example, facilities recognized by reputable publications, such as Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, routinely maintain rigorous, patient-centered standards.

• Are the management and care staff available? Your tour will likely be given by an admissions director or associate. Ask as many questions as necessary during your tour and take time to speak with other staff, including the housekeeping, dietary and administration associates. This will help you gauge the knowledge, friendliness and accessibility of the staff.

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Life Care Center of Richland

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44 Goethals Drive, Richland, WA 99352

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