At some point in many people’s lives, they need the option of being cared for by medical professionals on an extended basis. Not all families are equipped to handle the long-term care some of their loved ones need. This is where nursing homes can play a valuable role in our loved one’s quality of life. Broken into three loose categories, short-term, long-term and intermediate care, there can be quite a bit of overlap with some facilities providing multiple levels of care. Let’s see if we can make this easier on everyone.


Most short-term facilities are focused on getting your loved one back to where they were before whatever caused the need for their care. Think broken bones or surgery recovery. Short-term facilities aim to return the patient to normal life.


Despite a confusing name, an intermediate facility is one where your loved one will stay for an extended time. Placing someone here means that person needs supervision with day-to-day activities but not specialized, monitored health care. Patients in these facilities may have

  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Reduced mobility due to age, disease or accident
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Extended rehabilitation requirements


Most consider this a permanent placement. Long-term facilities are equipped to handle more involved medical diagnoses.

Your loved one can get great medical care in a facility appropriate to their needs.