What exactly is long-term skilled nursing care?
Skilled nursing homes are residences designed to house and assist individuals who have health conditions that require constant monitoring and availability of medical personnel. Bethesda’s skilled nursing facilities provide 24-hour supervision, meals, activities and health management support for our residents. Our senior living community also offers a designated neighborhood for those dealing with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
What’s the difference between skilled nursing and assisted living?
While long-term skilled nursing care provides the highest level of care for seniors outside of a hospital, assisted living is best for seniors who need some help with bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and eating, but do not require 24-hour health care.
When it is time to consider a long-term skilled nursing care for your loved one?
Bethesda’s long-term care may be a good choice if both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home or in another senior living community. This may be due to a recent hospitalization or a chronic illness which has gradually been worsening. If your loved one needs a higher level of care temporarily after a hospitalization, but it’s anticipated you will be able to return to home after a period of time, short-term care is also available at Bethesda.
How much will long-term care cost?
The cost of long-term care is determined by what level of care an individual requires. In addition, residents are responsible for paying for their own doctor visits and subsequent costs including medications, therapies, phone service and cable TV.
What personal possessions can my loved one bring with them?
Bethesda will provide all of the furniture your loved one needs in their room. However, to make it feel like home, we encourage residents to bring personal items such as family photos, a familiar bedspread and treasured knickknacks. It is suggested that residents have at least five to seven full changes of clothing, sleepwear, jackets, gloves and caps appropriate for the season. Toiletries and grooming supplies should also be included. Personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, hand cream, etc. are included in the room rate.
If possible, visit Bethesda before your loved one moves in so you can see the physical layout, size of the room, amount of closet space and furniture/household items that are included.
Bethesda also requires copies of Social Security, Medicare and insurance cards, Power of Attorney or Guardianship/Conservator forms and Health Care Directives.
Are there social activities?
Yes. Bethesda offers a full calendar of activities and social events, including crafts, socials, bingo and game time, prayer service, movies and music and guest speakers. In addition, Bethesda has a wellness center, warm water swimming pool, beauty parlor, restaurant-style dining and other amenities that make long-term care feel even more like home.
Can couples live together?
Yes, couples can live together. Bethesda offers a full continuum of care, so when the health needs of one spouse change, they can stay on the Bethesda campus by moving into the assisted living facility, skilled nursing or memory care residence. This offers the option for couples to stay living at Bethesda, while each receives the care they need.
Are residents allowed to leave the building once they’ve been admitted?
Of course! Residents who are able to get in and out of a vehicle can continue to enjoy outings with family and friends are encouraged to do so. Residents are free to come and go, just as if they were in their own home or apartment.
What needs to be done prior to admission?
A Long Term Care Consultation is required prior to admission to the nursing home. LTCCs in Kandiyohi County are completed by Kandiyohi County Family Services. If the person lives in another county, it is suggested that their county family services be contacted to ask about the screening.
All admissions to Bethesda Grand must also be under the care of a local physician and have a current history, physical and orders. Please contact Bethesda’s Welcome Center at 320-214-5643 to obtain more information on how this can be accomplished.