Three Areas For Family Caregivers To Consider When Searching For A Skilled Nursing Provider


Whether it be short or long-term, a significant portion of seniors require skilled nursing care at some point. As a family caregiver, the prospect of finding a senior care facility to meet your relative’s needs might be a daunting one. Chapin Home for the Aging is committed to supporting New York seniors and their families through the process of finding the right skilled nursing facility.

What Is A Skilled Nursing Home?

Skilled nursing is a type of senior care that offers more specialist medical support than other levels of care like independent living and assisted living. Essentially, skilled nursing homes offer the most care a person can receive without having to stay in a hospital. Each resident’s care is overseen by a physician who coordinates on and offsite care from nurses and other professionals like physical or speech therapists. In a skilled nursing home, physicians and registered nurses are available around the clock to meet the varied medical needs of residents. Professional caregivers are also on hand to help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like showering, brushing teeth, eating and mobility.

Finding the right skilled nursing provider will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Whether your loved one requires short-term care or long-term residential care.
  • Any chronic or acute health conditions your loved one has.
  • What your loved one wants from their skilled nursing home.
  • Your financial situation and preferred payment method.
  • Where you’re located and how far you wish to travel.

Here are 3 important areas for family caregivers to consider, and how Chapin Home for the Aging delivers each of them to New York seniors.

High Standard of Care

  • Specialist Support
    Skilled nursing facilities often have a staff comprized of professionals like physicians, rehabilitation specialists, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. Chapin Home also has an onsite wound care specialist to help prevent pressure ulcers and care for existing wounds, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists. Skilled nursing homes may also offer specialist facilities for seniors with specific health conditions. For example, Chapin Home’s caregivers are experts in delivering quality memory care for seniors with dementia. With two soothing sensory rooms, we’re committed to promoting feelings of relaxation and wellbeing in our residents with neurocognitive conditions.                                                                                                                             
  • Respect and Compassion
    Whether a senior requires long term residential senior care, or a short term stay in a skilled nursing facility, they deserve dignified, compassionate care that will nurture their physical and mental health. When searching for skilled nursing, always be sure to ask about how staff are selected, training provisions and caregiver-to-resident ratio. As a trusted name in senior care, Chapin Home has provided exemplary care since 1869, based on the same unwavering mission of providing a true home for New York seniors. With this mission in mind, our caregivers are carefully selected for their natural compassion, empathy, and shared commitment to treating our residents with the respect, dignity, and warmth they deserve.

Fulfilling Lifestyle Options

  • Enriching Activities
    If you’re seeking long term residential senior care for your loved one, it’s important that a community offers more than just skilled nursing. Long term care facilities must also provide an enriching environment in which residents can build a fulfilling lifestyle while receiving specialist support. Most senior care communities have a monthly calendar of activities – it’s worth finding out if they offer pursuits that align with your loved one’s interests. At Chapin Home, we strive to support each resident, offering recreational, physical, spiritual, and social activities and events including coffee cafes, discussion groups, church services, puzzles, arts, and crafts. We also regularly host popular music and pet therapy sessions.
  • A Home Like Environment
    Moving to a skilled nursing home can be a tough transition for seniors, so it’s important to find a senior care setting that truly feels like home. Chapin Home for the Aging has been committed to providing a true home for New York seniors for more than 150 years. Despite this, we still constantly strive to improve our service and adapt to the changing needs and wishes of each generation. Our home features a range of private and communal areas, as well as peaceful outdoor spaces like our beautiful Therapeutic Garden. Within our wonderful home seniors are encouraged to live a rich lifestyle full of choice, with daily opportunities to enjoy great food, socialize and find a renewed sense of purpose with hobbies and activities.

Convenience and Practicality

  • Flexible Payment Options
    Whether a family is looking for short or long-term skilled nursing for a loved one, funding is often a key concern. When you visit a senior care community, ask about the admissions process to ensure they have an option that suits your needs. At Chapin Home, we have expert Admissions Counselors on hand to walk you through the process and help you find the best way forward. Chapin Home participates in both Medicare and Medicaid programs and has access to a Medicaid Expediter offering expert advice to family caregivers. We want to support as many seniors as possible from all financial backgrounds, which is why we accept a range of payment methods including private insurances, HMOs, and Medicare.
  • Great Location and Access
    Location is also a key consideration when choosing a skilled nursing facility for your loved one. Many families opt for a community close by or with good transportation links for more convenient visitation. Chapin Home has great connections to various neighborhoods in the Queens area including Jamaica, Flushing, Bayside and many more.

Contact us today to arrange a tour and discover how Chapin Home can give your loved one the enriched lifestyle they deserve, complemented by the skilled nursing care they need.

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