When your parent has passed a certain point of health, there are often difficult conversations to be had and decisions to make about moving a parent into a skilled nursing or long-term care center.
Long-term skilled care, also known as nursing home care, is for people who need a higher level of care and supervision than assisted living care can provide. It provides 24/7 personal care and supervision, medication management and therapies, rehabilitation and occupational therapies, and many other daily care needs.
To help you and your loved ones have a conversation about long-term skilled nursing care, here are some of your top questions answered.
What Qualifies My Parent for a Nursing Home?
To be admitted to a nursing home or retirement community that provides long-term skilled care, residents must meet certain medical eligibility requirements revolving around the need for 24-hour care. Oftentimes, the recommendation for the best level of care will come from your physician during a checkup or hospitalization after an injury or illness.
If your parent has a progressive condition such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, or congestive heart failure, your doctor may make a recommendation to move your parent before the disease progresses too far. Your parent likely will adjust more comfortably and stay healthier longer with professional caregivers helping manage the disease 24/7.
If your parent currently lives in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), also called a Life Plan Community, such as ours here at The Esquiline, the contract may include a nurse’s assessment to determine when your parent needs an additional level of care.
At The Esquiline, we provide three levels of care: independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. Residents can move in needing any level of care and never have to worry about moving again. The care they need is provided when they need it.
Here is an overview of what each of those service levels provides at The Esquiline. These can vary among different senior living communities and contract types:
What are the Signs My Parents Needs Long-Term Care?
This is usually a conversation you will have with your family physician or your parent’s current caregiver. If your parent’s daily needs are more than the caregivers can provide either at home or at a retirement community, then it’s time.
If your parent is not in a community or assisted living environment, spend a morning or evening with your parent to see if he or she is struggling with simple tasks. Compare your parent’s needs to the care provided at the nursing homes, care centers, and retirement communities you are considering.
At The Esquiline, we provide person-centered teams for residents living in our skilled nursing community, The Dammert Care Center. These residents receive 24-hour oversight and care from licensed nurses, medication administration by licensed nursing staff, restorative therapy provided by full-time licensed physical therapy assistants, and lots more.
Another comparison that may help you find the right fit for your parent is understanding the differences in assisted, intermediate, and skilled care:
- Assisted care: The definition of assisted care is a little vague because different campuses define this in different ways. Assisted care generally means the need for assistance with two ADLs (activities of daily living). For example, two ADLs could be needing help with medication administration and help with meal preparation.
- Intermediate care: Requiring assistance in maintaining care in many ADL areas. For example, needing help with medication, meal preparation, grooming, dressing, eating, and mobility.
- Skilled care: The need for a skilled, licensed professional to provide care for an individual. Examples of this type of care would be therapy (occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy), catheter care, dressing changes, application of dressings involving prescription drugs, and monitoring of medical equipment by a licensed professional.
What are the Costs for Skilled Nursing Care in Illinois?
According to the Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey 2019, the daily median cost for a nursing home in Illinois is $195 for a semi-private room and $225 for a private room.
As a continuing care retirement community, The Esquiline offers more than a typical nursing home due to our person-centered approach and community environment.
Some of the benefits of our skilled nursing care center are:
- A dedicated person-centered team who provides 24-hour oversight.
- Licensed nurses who provide the best care along with a focus on cultivating a meaningful and engaging relationship with residents.
- Restorative therapy provided by full-time licensed physical therapy assistants.
- A full-time Life Enrichment Team.
- Personalized care plans.
- Dietary planning and consulting.
- Delicious daily meals.
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy on-site
- Pastoral care as it relates to the overall health of our residents and families.
- Weekly Protestant services and daily Mass and Communion.
- Specialized healthcare providers, such as for hearing care, dentistry, and podiatry, providing on-site visits.
- Daily interactive groups or one-on-one activities.
- Certified music and memory therapies.
Learn more about what’s included in our cost here.
Why Am I Feeling Guilty About Moving My Parent?
When you’ve determined a long-term skilled care center or nursing home is what your parent needs most, it’s not uncommon to feel an emotional mix of relief, sadness, reassurance, anxiety, and guilt. For starters, know that it is OK to experience a cascade of emotions within yourself.
- You may feel relief that your parent is going to be safe, and you no longer have to worry at night.
- You may feel sadness due to the reality of your parent’s declining health.
- You may feel reassurance and anxiety all at once when you find the right care and community for your parent.
- And you may also feel guilty that you weren’t able to do more.
These feelings are all normal for children and any caregiver. Just remember that your job is to ensure your parent is getting the right level of care, at the right time, for his or her optimal safety, wellbeing, and happiness.
About the Dammert Care Center at The Esquiline
Set among 200 acres of natural beauty in Belleville, IL, the Dammert Care Center provides individualized senior care in a setting like no other. Part of The Esquiline, it’s located on the campus of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
Residents receive responsive care in immaculately-kept, spacious, semi-private rooms equipped with unobtrusive emergency response systems. Our highly trained, experienced nurses check on residents to ensure their comfort and well-being, share a moment, and offer a caring touch. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to talk with one of our counselors or to schedule a tour.