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The Benefits of Care Provided the Elderly in Intermediate Care Facilities

Intermediate Care Facility

Seniors with chronic conditions who are not able to live independently and do not need constant care can use the services of an intermediate care facility. First established in the 1980s to help transition hospitalized elderly to their home within a few months, intermediate care facilities provide nursing care and rehabilitation. It is interesting to note that initially, only half of the elderly discharged patients were able to return home and nearly 25% stayed in the intermediate care facility for over one year.

Intermediate care facilities provide supportive care and nursing supervision under medical direction twenty-four hours per day. The goal is to use rehabilitation therapy to enable individuals to return to a home setting and regain/retain the functions of daily living if possible. To that end, a full range of medical, social, recreational, and support services are also provided. Intermediate Care Facilities are also known as Rest Homes with Nursing Supervision.

There are many benefits for the elderly who receive care in an intermediate care facility:

Intermediate care facilities provide independence - Having greater independence increases the quality of life for an elderly patient, because they have more control the structure of their daily life.

Intermediate care facilities can be less expensive than other types of care - Intermediated care facilities frequently need less administration and other resources to provide adequate service. This results in a decrease in operating expenses and, thus, the cost for the patient.

Intermediate care facilities can remove the challenge of decision-making - Intermediate care removes many of the challenges of deciding whether the patient is ready for release to their home. Since patient recovery can be very unpredictable, intermediated care provides an opportunity for continue monitoring by a physician.

Intermediate care provides an effective alternative to an extended hospital stay - Studies have shown that patients who receive intermediate care in a facility designed for such care recover at the same rate as those who remain in the hospital.

Intermediate care facilities provide focused service - In an intermediate care facility, focus can be taken away from less important administrative tasks and instead be focused on services that the patients really needs.

Intermediate care facilities provide standardized care for patients - Regulations for intermediate facilities means standardized care for patients. Although an overhaul in nursing home regulations occurred in 1985, more regulations will likely be created as this type of care becomes more prevalent.

Most elderly patients do not like to spend time in the hospital - They cannot wait to return home to a place they consider much more comfortable. However, a patient may not be medically ready to return home and resume self-sufficiency. An intermediate care facility provides for the patient's need for independence and medical care until the patient is able to return home.

At Highland Risk Services, we know the unique care environment provided by Intermediate Care Facilities, the risk management required, and the insurance needs agents must provide their intermediate care facility clients. Please give us a call for further information at one of our offices in Chicago at 847-832-9100, Lansing at 517-676-7100 or Phoenix at (847) 832-9099.

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