Skilled Nursing – Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?

With so many choices in senior living and health care services, getting started can be the hardest part. Whether you’re doing long-range retirement planning or seeking to resolve an immediate health care situation, it is important to start with a clear understanding of the most current definitions of senior housing and health care services as you begin your search.

What is Nursing Care?

Nursing Care communities are licensed by the state and offer furnished rooms and health care to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight, yet do not require hospitalization. There are three levels of nursing care: skilled, intermediate, and custodial.

Skilled care is the highest level of service. It must be prescribed by a physician and may only be performed by or under the supervision of technical personnel, such as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or physical therapist.

Intermediate care is less intensive than skilled care and is appropriate for individuals who do not need 24-hour attention.

Custodial care is appropriate once specific technical personnel are not needed for daily care but the individual is not likely to make further significant improvement.

What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers older adults the ability to “age in place” by providing independent living, assisted living and nursing care accommodations, usually on the same property, with the ability to transfer between these residences as needs change in the future. A CCRC typically provides independent living residents with a service package designed to provide a carefree lifestyle. Transportation, activities, interior and exterior maintenance, flexible dining services and utilities are just a few of the services available at many CCRCs.

News/Events

UPCOMING EVENT – Free Welcome to Medicare 2017 Event – Devon Oaks

Free Welcome to Medicare 2017 Event Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:00 PM If you are a new or soon-to-be beneficiary, or have questions about coverage for yourself or a family member, come to a free Welcome to Medicare 2017 Event at Devon Oaks Assisted Living, an Eliza Jennings Community, 2345 Crocker Road in Westlake. Learn about Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance Read the Rest…

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UPCOMING EVENT – Devon Oaks

Medicare health and drug plans change every year! Are you keeping up? Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, and it’s your time to review your coverage. Counselors from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will be here on Dec. 1 to help you review your insurance and answer any questions about your Medicare coverage. Schedule an Read the Rest…

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SAIDO Learning in the New York Times

“Programs like SAIDO Learning, which was developed in Japan to address working memory in the prefrontal cortex through handwriting, math and reading out loud, offer other benefits and may help slow memory loss and other normal symptoms of aging.” Read more in this New York Times article.

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