In summary, a nursing home is:
- “a convalescent home or private facility for the care of individuals who do not require hospitalization and who cannot be cared for at home”
- “a nursing home is an establishment with three or more beds that provides nursing or personal care services to the older population, infirm, or chronically ill
- “a residence that provides a variety of services such as a room, meals, recreational activities, assistance with activities of daily living and protection/supervision to residents; some are licensed by the state and are required to follow state and federal regulations. Some nursing homes specialize in areas such as Alzheimerís disease, pain management, incontinence training and cardiac rehab”
- “a place where persons reside who need some level of medical assistance and/or assistance with activities of daily living. A term used to cover a wide range of institutions including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities, and Custodial Care Facilities. Not all nursing homes are Medicare approved/certified facilities”
The relevance of nursing homes issue is worth mentioning and bringing into discussion, I assume, since alone the fact that “there are about 25,000 nursing homes with about 1.5 million beds” nowadays [Patel, 17], at that approximately 75 percent of them proprietary, 20 percent non-profit, and 5 percent government-operated),serves as an evidence thereof.