Seniors who experience a fall or stroke, or undergo surgery may be surprised they can be discharged from the hospital fairly quickly. That’s good and bad news. Seniors may be happy to leave the hospital but may then be disappointed to learn they cannot return home.
They often must first receive ongoing, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational or speech therapy. Depending on their condition and other various factors, this could be a short-term stay or a longer stay.
Family caregivers may want their loved one at home, but may not have the capability to provide the specialized care their loved one needs.
Seniors and their caregivers must make decisions quickly regarding finding a skilled nursing facility. Many may not know where to turn.
Since each of us will likely need long-term care at some point in our lives, we should identify potential facilities we prefer well before our actual time of need.
It is wise to do this homework in advance to help alleviate undue stress at an already stressful time.