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.