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NAFC is a non-profit offering resources for people struggling with incontinence, adult bedwetting, OAB, SUI, nocturia, neurogenic bladder, and pelvic floor disorders like prolapse. 

CHOOSING A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY FOR YOUR LOVED ONE

Learn about the types of long-term care facilities that can help keep your loved one suffering from incontinence comfortable .

FACILITY CARE

More than half of all residents in nursing homes are incontinent and it is the second leading cause of institutionalization. The impact of urinary incontinence on residents, family, and staff is significant and may be exacerbated by lack of appropriate assessment and management. In fact, aging, hospitalization, and resident and staff attitudes and behavior all affect a resident's continence.

Even those residents who are not incontinent still need help with toileting. For example, a resident with limited mobility may need help to reach the toilet. Or a resident with dementia may need reminders to use the toilet on a regular basis.

All of which makes selecting the proper facility for your loved one a very involved and complicated decision. You’ll want a facility-whether it is a living facility, assisted living, or special facilities for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients—to have a very clear strategy for interdisciplinary care planning.  


TYPES OF FACILITIES

Congregate Living Facilities. Congregate living facilities provide older adults with needed services without sacrificing privacy or independence. Congregate living usually offers less supervision, a wider range of resident services, and greater independence and may include:

  • Private Apartments
  • Semi-private Apartment
  • Kitchens (in apartments)
  • Transportation
  • Activities
  • Central Dining

Retirement Inns. A retirement inn is usually large in that they can serve anywhere from 50 to 300+ senior citizens. These types of retirement inns are for persons who are alert, ambulatory, and independent and may include:

  • Private Apartments
  • Semi-private Apartments
  • Central Dining
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Activities
  • Transportation

Retirement Inns with Assisted Living. Retirement inns with assisted living are usually large in that they can serve anywhere from 50 to 300+ senior citizens. These types of retirement inns are for persons who require some assistance with their activities of daily living (ADL’s). For example, assistance with dressing, bathing, or medications. Retirement inss with assisted living may include:

  • Private Apartments
  • Semi-private Apartments
  • Central Dining
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Wellness Programs
  • Activities
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with ADL’s

Residential Care Homes for the Elderly. (RCFE, Board & Care) Board and care homes can be represented in different sizes. Smaller facilities (4 to 6 beds) are typically private homes that have been converted into a care facility. Larger homes are typically set up similar to retirement inns with assisted living and can be as large as 100+ beds.

  • 24-Hour Care and Supervision
  • 3 Nutritious Meals Daily
  • Transportation to Doctors
  • Activities
  • Monitoring and Dispensing of Medications
  • Assisted Bathing and Dressing
  • Management of Bowel and Bladder Incontinence

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facilities. Alzheimer’s and dementia care facilities can be either small (4 to 6 beds) or large (100+ beds) facilities specifically designed to meet the challenges that arise in caring for a loved one affected with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Some of these facilities can also offer secured perimeters for those patients who tend to wander.

  • 24-Hour Care and Supervision
  • 3 Nutritious Meals Daily
  • Transportation to Doctors
  • Activities designed for people with memory impairment
  • Monitoring Dispensing of Medications
  • Assisted Bathing Dressing
  • Management of Bowel Bladder Incontinence

Intermediate Care Facility (ICF.) Intermediate care facilities provide care for patients who are not in need of skilled nursing care but need some personal nursing attention, medical aid, and a protective environment. They are required to have a nurse on staff 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

  • 24-Hour Care and Supervision
  • Nutritious Meals Daily (special diets available)
  • Transportation to Doctors
  • Activities
  • Monitoring and Dispensing of Medications
  • Assisted Bathing and Dressing
  • Management of Bowel & Bladder Incontinence
  • Nurse on Staff 24 hours per day

Skilled Nursing Facility. (SNF) Skilled nursing facilities are licensed by the Department of Health Services, and many are certified for Medicare and/or Medi-Cal reimbursement. Residents are usually convalescing from a serious illness or surgery and require continuous observation and/or rehabilitation. Skilled nursing facilities are required to have a nurse on staff 24 hours per day.

  • Rehabilitation Programs (e.g., speech, occupational and physical therapies)
  • Activities
  • Nursing Care
  • Wound Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Nutritional Meals Daily
  • Assisted Bathing and Dressing
  • Management of Bowel and Bladder Incontinence