The care in our facility focuses on differing populations of individuals. Many residents in our population require several days or weeks of medical care and therapy before they can safely return home or to a lower level of care. Other patients may require long-term skilled nursing care (lasting months or even years) as they are unable to return home due to advanced age or illness. Based on each individual’s needs, some patients receive rehabilitation services to either restore or if possible, improve to prior physical functioning. For individuals who need long-term skilled nursing care, the attending physician and facility staff will assist with activities of daily living and mobility based on each circumstance.
It is important to understand, either as a patient or a patient's loved one, that no medical care or treatment can change or cure the inevitable effects of aging.
As the aging process advances, our nursing services will shift to end-of-life care. The staff at our facility will assist in making you and your loved ones as comfortable as possible as the end of life nears. Unfortunately, we cannot predict exactly when end-of-life care will begin, as it depends on each individual. It is important for the patient and the family to discuss with the physician and facility about the "natural history" of the aging process. The “natural history” refers to the expected progression of an illness or aging process. For some, these inevitable effects of aging will weaken an individual and may hasten the end of life. These events are routinely part of the natural history of the illness or death. This is commonly referred to as "death by natural causes."
Unfortunately, due to the inevitable effects of aging, circumstances in declining health conditions often create incurable declines. It is important that we be candid with all patients and their families. For example, individuals with advanced Alzheimer’s Dementia often succumb to an unpredictable or unforeseeable fall which may result in a major injury such as a broken bone, skull fracture, or even death.
Or perhaps an unpreventable serious disease stage sets in. These inevitable effects of aging are known as a "sentinel events." It is extremely important for patients and families to recognize that these “sentinel events” cannot necessarily be avoided. Consider the risk of falling in the facility: To guarantee the prevention of a fall with frail and demented individuals, all care would must be provided in a bed or wheelchair with the patient strapped in or tied in; or the patient would have to have one-to-one caregiving 24 hours per day in order to monitor their walking cycle. Our facility does not use physical restraints or limit patients in these ways, nor is the facility offering or required to provide one-to-one patient care on a 24-hour basis.
The attending physician and facility staff will help you understand the risks and benefits of care choices. We ask you to understand that in spite of compassionate care, attention, and treatment, you or your loved one’s chronic medical conditions will continue to progress. The inevitable effects of aging and the progression of chronic illnesses are the realities of life. We provide quality long-term care with compassion and dedication as the aging process continues!
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