Sometimes, the functional and health status of an elderly person does not allow taking care of him or her at home, due to the lack of the necessary conditions for caring for such a person, and there is a need to transfer him or her to a special institution. This is a crisis situation both for the senior person and the family.
Long-term hospitalization of senior people in special institutions is designed to help the elderly person and members of his or her family in such crisis situations.
Choosing the right institution for the hospitalization of a senior person
The first questions that may arise are: “What to do now? Where can an elderly person be transferred? How can I pay for an elderly person in a special institution? Is there still the opportunity to allow an elderly person to continue to live in his or her house, using various services?”
It should be noted that the elderly and his or her families are offered various services designed to make their life easier and to allow the elderly to continue living at home.
If family members of an elderly person are forced to hospitalize him or her in a special institution, the type of suitable institution depends on the condition of the elderly person, which will be determined by the doctor according to the level of his or her functioning and state of the health: a person with age-related impairment of physical capabilities, an elderly person in need of care, an elderly a person suffering from senile dementia, a seriously ill elderly person who or an elderly person connected to a long-term artificial lung ventilatioт.
When considering the transfer of an elderly person to a special institution (nursing home), it is important to make sure that the institution has a license issued by an authorized government body to care for senior people whose condition corresponds to the condition of an elderly person whose transfer is planned.
Transfer an elderly person in an institution that does not have a license to care for senior people will only do harm: an institution that does not have the necessary license is not under supervision regarding compliance with the required standards and rules to ensure that an older person has good quality care.
Elderly people suffering from senile dementia can be hospitalized in centers for elderly people or in institutions for elderly people suffering from senile dementia. Hospitalization can be private, paid by an older person, his or her family members, or insurance programs like Medicare or Medicaid.