Nursing homes are residential facilities where a person lives or where a person can stay temporarily. A temporary stay may be for respite care or recuperation after being in a hospital.
Nursing Home Services include:
Nursing care 24-hours a day
Case management and health monitoring
Personal care (help with bathing, dressing, eating, walking, or physical transfer)
Nutritional meals and special diets
Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
Respite care (temporary supervision of an adult, giving relief to the primary caregiver)
The need and options for long-term care should be discussed with many trusted people including oneâ€™s primary care physician. A doctor must authorize a nursing home admission and sign the care plan. Additionally, persons who are applying for Medicaid nursing home care are assessed by either a CARES nurse or social worker, with medical review by a physician prior to approval.
Florida nursing homes are licensed annually and inspected by the Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA). When necessary, AHCA also investigates complaints against nursing homes. Inspections are unannounced and include a facility tour; interviews with residents, families, staff, visitors and volunteers; and a review of sample medical records, policies, and procedures.
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