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What Are the Different Types of Nursing Home Care?

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April 3, 2024
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As our loved ones age, there often comes a time when additional care and support are needed to ensure their well-being and quality of life. Nursing home care offers a range of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of seniors, from specialized medical assistance to personalized memory care.

Understanding the different types of nursing home care available can help families make informed decisions about the best options for their loved ones. At Notre Dame Health Care, we recognize the importance of matching individuals with the right level of care and support, and we offer a variety of services to meet the unique needs of each resident.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing communities serve as a crucial bridge between hospital care and returning home for seniors with complex medical needs. These communities provide a high level of medical supervision and care, offering around-the-clock attention to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

Within skilled nursing communities, a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals collaborates to develop and implement individualized care plans tailored to each resident’s specific needs.

Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants form the backbone of skilled nursing care teams, providing expertise in a wide range of medical disciplines. These dedicated professionals offer compassionate and attentive care, administering medications, monitoring vital signs, and addressing any emerging health concerns promptly.

Their presence ensures that residents receive the appropriate level of medical attention and support to manage complex conditions effectively.

One of the primary benefits of skilled nursing care is the comprehensive range of services available to residents. Beyond basic medical care, skilled nursing communities offer specialized treatments such as:

  • Wound care
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Respiratory support

These services are essential for seniors recovering from surgery, managing chronic illnesses, or coping with acute medical conditions.


Some communities provide rehabilitation services, where residents have access to physical, occupational, and speech therapies to enhance mobility, functionality, and overall quality of life.

For seniors recovering from surgery, skilled nursing communities offer a safe and supportive environment where they can receive intensive post-operative care and rehabilitation. The skilled nursing team works closely with residents to monitor their progress, manage pain, and prevent complications, facilitating a smooth transition from hospitalization to recovery.

Similarly, seniors with chronic medical conditions benefit from ongoing monitoring and treatment in a skilled nursing setting, ensuring that their health needs are addressed comprehensively and effectively.

In essence, skilled nursing communities play a vital role in supporting seniors with complex medical needs, offering a high level of clinical expertise, personalized care, and rehabilitative services.

Whether recovering from surgery, managing chronic illnesses, or transitioning from a hospital stay, seniors can find the support and assistance they need to achieve optimal health and well-being in a skilled nursing environment.

Memory Care

Memory care communities provide specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia (or memory loss). These communities offer a safe and supportive environment where residents receive specialized care, including cognitive stimulation activities, structured routines, and enhanced security measures to prevent wandering.

Memory care programs are designed to promote dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for individuals with memory impairment.

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities provide support to seniors with activities of daily living  (ADLs). These include bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating.

Residents in assisted living enjoy private or semi-private accommodations, as well as access to amenities and social activities that promote engagement and socialization.

Assisted living bridges the gap between independent living and skilled nursing care, offering residents the support they need to maintain independence and autonomy.

Health Care Services

In addition to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and memory care, nursing home communities may offer a variety of health care services to meet the individual needs of residents.

These services may include specialized therapies, chronic disease management, pain management, and palliative care to support residents’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Long-Term Care Communities

Long-term care communities offer comprehensive care for seniors who require ongoing assistance with activities of daily living and medical supervision. These communities provide a range of services, including personal care, medication management, and recreational activities, to meet the diverse needs of residents.

Long-term care is designed for individuals who can no longer live safely at home due to physical or cognitive limitations and require a higher level of support and supervision.

Residential Care

Residential care homes, also known as adult family homes or group homes, offer a homelike environment where seniors receive personalized care in a small, family-like setting.

These homes typically accommodate a small number of residents and provide assistance with daily activities, meals, and medication management.

Residential care homes offer a more intimate and personalized approach to care, with caregivers who develop close relationships with residents and their families.

Get the Care Your Loved One Needs at Notre Dame Health Care

At Notre Dame Health Care, we understand that every individual has unique needs and preferences when it comes to nursing home care.

Whether your loved one requires Skilled Nursing for Long-Term Care, Rehabilitation, Memory Care, Assisted Living, Adult, Pediatric & Perinatal Palliative Care, Adult & Pediatric Hospice Care, or another type of specialized care, our dedicated team is here to provide compassionate care and support every step of the way. Contact us today at (508) 258-9156 to learn more about the different types of care offered in our community and how we can help your loved one live a high-quality life.