Thursday, August 30, 2012

When is the right time for skilled nursing???

Q: What are signs that my loved one needs skilled nursing services?

A: Here is a list of the top needs potentially requiring skilled nursing facilities.  We use the phrase MIAMI DAWN.   

M: Memory Loss
I: Incontinence
A: ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)
M: Medication Administration
I: rehabIlitation

D: Depression/Isolation
A: Ambulation/Falls
W: Wound Care
N: Nutrition

Your loved one may have one of these needs or all.  Each facility is designed to coordinate their care based on their individualized needs.  The most prominent problems seen in the skilled nursing setting are related to memory loss, falls, medication administration, rehabilitation, and depression.  

Also, when in doubt, speak with professionals: doctors, care givers, home health, etc.  This is a difficult situation and a decision should not be entered lightly.  


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