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5 Benefits Skilled Nursing Offers Your Loved One

September 4, 2020

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As your loved one continues their retirement journey, it’s up to you to help support them. Now that your loved one needs help recovering from an injury or managing a chronic illness, you’re not sure if you can handle it on your own. While many people go straight home after a hospital stay, you want to make sure that all of your loved one’s needs are being met. Plus, the health and safety of your loved one is always one of your top concerns.

That’s where skilled nursing can help. But we know that making the decision between having your loved one stay at home and going to a skilled nursing facility can be challenging. Once you know some of the key benefits of skilled nursing, you’ll have an easier time deciding what’s best for them.

1. 24/7 Attention from Medical Professionals

One of the top benefits of skilled nursing is the level of care you can expect for your loved one. Whether they’re in need of short-term or long-term care, a professional medical staff will be there to support them. The skilled nursing staff at Franciscan Ministries for example, takes the time to personally get to know every resident. After getting to know residents on a personal level, staff spend time creating individualized care plans. From there, your loved one will work towards their own health and wellness goals.

Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that should any medical needs arise, there’s an expert team ready to help. Franciscan Ministries skilled nursing services include short and long-term care to help seniors manage chronic illness or recover from joint replacement, fractures, falls, cardiac surgery and many other conditions.

2. Social Interaction

When you first think of skilled nursing, it’s easy to think of an isolated hospital room. But skilled nursing facilities offer plenty of opportunities for social connections. Not only will your loved one build relationships with the people caring for them, but they’ll forge bonds with other residents as well.

Skilled nursing facilities like those at Franciscan Ministries host life enrichment activities based on the seven dimensions of wellness. That means activities focus on more than physical wellness, each resident’s mental and spiritual wellness is also taken into account. Regular social interaction can help improve your loved one’s physical and mental health. Just think about how great it would be for your loved one to share and enjoy new experiences with other seniors.

3. Quality Dining and Nutrition

What your loved one eats plays a major role in their health and wellness. That’s why skilled nursing facilities are dedicated to providing residents with nutritious meals. If you’re loved one is recovering from an injury or managing a chronic illness, it’s hard for them to prepare their own meals.

Skilled nursing facilities keep track of your loved one’s caloric needs and can easily accommodate dietary restrictions. The staff will work to create a dining plan that’s delicious while helping your loved one reach a higher level of wellness. Take Mount Alverna Village as an example. This skilled nursing community incorporates residents’ choices into the dining experience while using locally sourced ingredients for each meal.

4. A Structured Routine

When your loved one enters skilled nursing, they’ll develop a structured routine. From sharing meals with friends to working with staff in therapy, the goal is to keep your loved one engaged throughout the day. It’s important for seniors to keep their mind active as they continue their aging journey.

Having a daily routine in a skilled nursing facility can help your loved one:

  • Reduce their stress and anxiety since they’ll have a good idea of what day has in store.
  • Have a higher feeling of stability in their life since there’s less uncertainty in their lifestyle.
  • Improve their sleep since a regular routine gives seniors a sense of fulfillment out of each day.

5. Your Loved One Can Focus on Their Wellness

When your loved one enters a skilled nursing facility, their health and wellness becomes their top priority. The staff can help your loved one with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing and medication management. All this support with daily tasks gives your loved one more time and energy to reach their highest level of wellness. The professional staff at skilled nursing facilities can reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.

Discover Expert Skilled Nursing at Franciscan Ministries

You only want the best for your loved one and at Franciscan Ministries we share that sentiment. Our skilled nursing services are dedicated to helping your loved one reach their highest level of wellness. We’re known for providing compassionate and personalized care to help skilled nursing residents find more fulfillment in each day.

We’re raising the bar for skilled nursing. Many of our skilled nursing communities have private accommodations, an unforgettable dining program and picturesque outdoor areas to enjoy. Your loved one’s health and safety is our top priority. We even work with your loved one’s physician to help ensure they receive quality care. Whether your loved one is in need of short-term or long-term care, we can help them continue their aging journey with purpose. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized skilled nursing care.

We offer rehabilitative services and skilled nursing care at the following communities near you.