Nursing homes are facilities with state licenses to provide both skilled and primary nursing care. The members of staff in nursing homes include; licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, registered nurses, who have the most training, and nursing directors that monitor nursing care in homes. Nursing homes accommodate and provide health care for people who suffer from chronic conditions but have less need to necessitate hospital admissions. The selection of nursing homes depends on the individual’s relatives and their consideration of aspects like cost, service quality, and personality. The staff members in nursing homes provide care to residents, with the help of social workers and the cooperation of relatives.
Nursing homes provide varied services to their residents. The nursing homes issue services like constant oxygen administration, drugs, and fluid administration through the veins (intravenous therapies) (Flo 24). The services were only available in hospitals in the recent past. Additionally, nursing homes offer rehabilitation services, including occupational, respiratory, physical and speech therapy. The care givers release patients admitted to nursing homes for rehabilitation only after weeks of residence. In some nursing homes, dentists and medical experts like ophthalmologists, psychiatrists, podiatrists, and neurologists examine and treat the residents, while others facilitate transportation to hospitals for specific treatment (Frouzandeh, 25). Some homes have select units for individuals suffering from dementia and trained nurses to care for the patients, and others give hospice care to patients suffering from terminal illnesses and have a short time to live.
Nursing homes also give members of the interdisciplinary team access to the facility. The team participants include social workers, doctors, pharmacists, and nurses. Social workers play an essential role in nursing homes by helping residents to adjust to the premises and assist them to resume their homes or lower levels of care (Frouzandeh et al. 446). The individuals decide the appropriate approach to deal with residents after identifying the withdrawn and lonely people, where they help them communicate with family and staff members.
Flo, E., et al. “A review of the implementation and research strategies of advance care planning in nursing homes.” BMC geriatrics 16.1 (2016): 24.
Frouzandeh, Saeed, et al. “The relationship of nursing home caregivers’ awareness and attitude towards elderlies with their job.” Journal of North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences 9.3 (2018): 445-452.