Choosing a Nursing Facility

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.