Nursing Home Facilities: Top 10 Myths


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Nursing home facilities are shrouded by misconceptions. Here are the top 10 myths about nursing home facilities, along with the facts.

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Nursing Home Facilities: Top 10 Myths

  1. 1. Nursing Home Facilities Top 10 Myths
  2. 2. Myth #1: Nursing home facilities smell bad <ul><li>Most good nursing home facilities rarely smell bad </li></ul><ul><li>Usually taken care of promptly </li></ul><ul><li>State inspection every 12-15 months </li></ul><ul><li>Informal inspections by family, medical professionals on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>Unpleasant odor should not be present on consecutive visits </li></ul>
  3. 3. Myth #2: Nursing home facilities are like hospitals <ul><li>Nursing homes are residential facilities that provide medical care </li></ul><ul><li>Less clinical environment </li></ul><ul><li>Community living has a different feel than a hospital stay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities to keep residents engaged, interacting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents often form lasting relationships with neighbors </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Myth #3: The people who live in nursing home facilities are all dying <ul><li>Nursing homes provide continuous medical care </li></ul><ul><li>Some elderly and terminally ill residents may be dying </li></ul><ul><li>Not the case for all residents </li></ul><ul><li>Many simply need a higher level of care than is offered at assisted living facilities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Myth #4: All nursing homes are the same <ul><li>All are different, despite stringent federal regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully research nursing homes you’re considering </li></ul><ul><li>Differences can be good or bad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong sense of community among residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facility may not address problems affecting quality of life/quality of care </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Myth #5: Caregivers can use restraints to control residents <ul><li>Restraints only used when medically necessary for resident’s safety or safety of others </li></ul><ul><li>Unlawful for nursing homes to administer physical or chemical restraints for any other purpose </li></ul>
  7. 7. Myth #6: Insurance will pay for my nursing home care <ul><li>Depends on your coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Medicare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pays 100% of the first 20 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant co-pay for remaining 80 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only covers 100 days total </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must meet requirements to be eligible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After 100 days, you pay cost until you become eligible for Medicaid </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some long-term care insurance will cover nursing homes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check your policy </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Myth #7: There is no privacy in a nursing home facility <ul><li>Less privacy than in other types of senior housing </li></ul><ul><li>Most rooms shared by two residents </li></ul><ul><li>Caregivers and visitors enter as needed/desired </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing homes required to maintain a private area for visits with family/friends </li></ul><ul><li>Most try to respect privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Residents have privacy rights, may maintain personal belongings </li></ul>
  9. 9. Myth #8: Nursing home residents have limited rights <ul><li>Nursing home residents maintain all of their legal rights </li></ul><ul><li>Medicare has established Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services and fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Care </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Myth #9: A move to a nursing home facility is a permanent move <ul><li>Most nursing home facilities have wings for long-term and short-term care </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term care for residents </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term care for people recovering from illness, injury, or surgery requiring rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent for some, many others return home after recovery </li></ul>
  11. 11. Myth #10: Nursing home residents are always on caregivers’ schedules <ul><li>Structured schedule allows caregivers to do their jobs efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>More nursing homes are recognizing the need to address needs in a holistic manner </li></ul><ul><li>Honoring dignity and preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering residents with more options and autonomy in setting their own schedules </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li> is a resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services </li></ul><ul><li>Visit for more information on senior housing </li></ul><ul><li>Information in this presentation provided by senior housing writer Nikki Jong </li></ul>