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Navigating the Continuum of Care

solutionsWe all understand the services offered in a hospital, and when we or a family member may need to be there, but many are confused about the myriad of options available to seniors after a hospital stay, or to help prevent an unnecessary hospital stay. Here is a brief description of some of the independent living services available to our seniors:

Skilled Nursing

  • Provided for those needing short term rehabilitative care with the plan to return home or to another setting.
    • Included are services such as Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, IV therapy, and Wound Management.
  • Provided to those who may need 24 hour assistance on a permanent basis.
  • Typically paid for by Medicare, Private Insurance, Medicaid, and Private Pay.

Assisted Living/Retirement Communities

  • All inclusive communities usually providing a menu of service options including:
    • Meals
    • Laundry/Housekeeping
    • Nursing and medication management
    • Social Programs and Outings
  • Typically paid for with private pay dollars. Some long term care insurance programs offer limited assistance.  Ohio offers a Medicaid Waiver program for Assisted Living services for those who qualify.

Home Health – Skilled Services

  • Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation services provided in the home setting.
    • Covered services include IV therapy, diabetic teaching, wound management and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy.
  • Typically paid for by Medicare, Private Insurance or Medicaid. Some private co-pays may apply.

Home Care Services

  • Includes non-medical homemaker, meals on wheels, and private duty services.
  • Typically paid for with Private Pay dollars or Medicaid.

Hospice Services

  • Hospice services can be provided to an individual in a home, assisted living or skilled nursing setting. Some hospice organizations also offer free-standing hospice centers.
    • Services include physician and nursing management, medication and pain management, as well as social and spiritual support for the patient and family dealing with an end of life experience.
  • Typically paid for by Medicare, Private Insurance or Medicaid.

To learn more about the post-acute continuum, please browse our communities, or contact us for a personal consultation.

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