Nursing homes are living facilities that provide housing and medical services to patients that require assistance based upon special needs such as physical or mental illnesses. Residents of nursing homes typically require a higher level of attention than assisted living residents. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), are designer for longer term stays that have active monitoring of residents 24 hours per day and provide substantial medical resources to care for its residents.
Nursing homes are an expensive choice for senior housing as the increased costs associated with elevated medical care and moderating are passed along in the fees for staying in the home. While Medicare can provide some assistance for skilled nursing care, many families pay for nursing home stays without assistance from the government. Medicaid is a payment option for residents that meet the requirements as set forth by the individual state where they reside as well as the nursing home itself.
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