It is no secret that the face of senior housing is changing. This is because of numerous important factors, such as the introduction of technology and different lifestyles of those entering assisted living facilities. The cultural transformation we are undergoing right now is also something to take note of when looking at how nursing homes are changing. With this, we are also in the midst of a nursing shortage, low wages for long-term care workers, and a senior population that is living far longer than previous generations. As you can imagine, this is leading to challenging conditions for those in senior housing. However, nursing homes are stepping up to the plate and developing smart strategies that are improving the lives of residents, while preparing for a new generation at the same time.
In recent years, industry experts have uncovered a handful of gaps and potential problem areas within the senior healthcare system, namely when it comes to long-term care facilities. As we become more aware of the areas in which we are lacking, we are seeing SNFs across the country make monumental adjustments in order to provide better care to residents. One example of this is facilities implementing specialty care units in long-term care settings in order to make the transition from a hospital discharge to a post-acute care facility that much easier.
What This Means
SNFs across the country are sitting down with one another and hospital representatives to figure out what these patients need, and how long-term care facilities can better serve them. In these talks numerous solutions have been found, most of which surround specialty programs that are designed to help patients suffering from particular ailments receive the care and attention they need, outside of the hospital. By working together and determining what the biggest areas of concern and need are, and then coming up with a strategy that meets the needs of patients, long-term care facilities are able to fill this gap and provide a higher quality of living for residents.
We are seeing more and more nursing homes adapt to incoming residents and begin to provide a higher level of care and rehab, which can only be viewed as a step in the right direction. To discuss this topic or another related to senior housing, please do not hesitate to contact Shep Roylance of The JCH Group.