Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh Fall/Winter Edition 2015-16 - page 28

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who want or need help with some of the activities of
daily living - things like cooking meals, getting to the
bathroom in the middle of the night, keeping house,
and traveling to appointments.
Short-Term Skilled Care
Skilled care is health care given when you need
skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to treat, observe,
and evaluate your care. To be eligible for skilled care
benefits your physician must order a specific therapy
to be provided by licensed staff. Examples of skilled
care include, but are not limited to:
Skilled care helps you get better, function more
independently, and/or learn to take care of your
health needs. You get skilled nursing care to help
improve your condition or maintain your current
condition and prevent it from getting worse. Skilled
rehabilitation care helps to improve your condition
within a period of time, or to set up a maintenance
program designed to maintain your current condition
and prevent it from getting worse.
Long-Term Care
When a person requires someone else to help him
with his physical or emotional needs over an extended
period of time, this is long-term care. Nursing homes
provide care to people who can’t be cared for at
home or in the community. For most people, this care
generally is to assist with support services such as
dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. The need
for long-term care help might be due to a terminal
condition, disability, illness, injury, or the infirmity of
old age.
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