The Difference Between Short and Long-Term Care for Seniors

When moving a parent into a care facility, you may wonder why one type of care was recommended over another.  Typically, there are two types of senior care depending on the resident and their needs.  With this understanding, you’ll have an understanding of which type of facility is the best option.

Short-term care

When short-term care is recommended, this is focused primarily on goals for the patient.  This could happen after surgery, illness, injury, or any other medical condition their doctor feels will improve.   This post-acute skilled nursing can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months contingent on the condition.  Each patient would have access to a physician and nurses. They can help with medication and meals, and access regular therapies such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy. They will also have around-the-clock care until the skills are relearned and the resident can safely return to their home.

Long-term care

When long-term care is recommended, it could be for several different reasons and conditions.  This includes chronic diseases or because of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or any long-term illness which requires more specialized care for living safely.  Skilled nursing falls under long-term care which provides specialized services for hospice, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac care, and respiratory services.  Just as in short-term care, there is still around-the-clock care and attention to ensure a safe and loving environment.

Whatever your loved one’s medical team decides, they know what is best for them and what they will receive in the way of caring for their condition.  August Healthcare at Iliff offers the opportunity for family members to stop by for a tour and look at senior care in Dunn Loring, VA. This is a great way to get answers any questions you may have about the care and how their needs will be met in our facility.  Call us today and set up a time to stop by!