In This Chapter
Understanding the difference between a nursing home short-stay rehabilitation program and a long-stay unit
Selecting the right nursing home for a long stay
Taking a look at new models of nursing homes
Understanding residents’ rights and responding to problems
Don't skip this chapter because you have always said, “I will never put my mother in a nursing home!” or because you don't even want to think about this option for yourself. There is no denying that moving permanently to a nursing home is at the bottom of most people's wish list. And most people have other options for care at home and in the community. Short-term nursing home rehab programs are a frequent transition period from hospital to home. But for some people, particularly those with advanced dementia or complex medical needs for whom available family care and home- and community-based services are insufficient, a nursing home may be the most appropriate option for a long stay. If that choice becomes necessary, the decision should be ...