5 Senior Living Options


Nursing Homes

A nursing home resident gets help with her meal.
A nursing home resident gets help with her meal.
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­Nursing homes provide around-the-clock medical care. We tend to think of them primarily as a long-term care option, but nursing homes are also available for short-term stays. Short-term patients may be recovering from an illness or injury and not quite ready to be on their own yet. Meals, housekeeping and social activities are all part of the package. Unfortunately, you'll pay a pretty penny for that level of care, which is why many nursing home residents receive assistance in the form of Medicare or Medicaid. While we may have the impression that nursing homes are institutionalized places that rob people of their privacy and autonomy, many facilities strive to create a homey atmosphere where the resident is valued as an individual.

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