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Nursing Homes And Rehabilitation Centers

A nursing home is a place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day. Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy, and there is a full physical therapy "gym" attached to the building.

Often people are not quite ready to go home after hospitalization and need additional care and treatment, and will be moved to a rehabilitation center to get stronger. Most will be discharged after they show improvement and can care for themselves at home, or have help at home. Some patients will need to move into long-term care after rehab because there has not been enough improvement in physical therapy. They need more specialized care for the long-term.

Most of the time insurance or Medicare covers a portion of the rehab. Long-term care in a nursing home could be covered by long-term care insurance, Medicaid or private pay.

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