At Willow Ridge Healthcare, you’ll notice something very different – something conveyed by the smallest of things, like a hug, a touch and a smile. Whether it’s our nurses, certified nursing assistants or any other staff, we expect that these “little things” become commonplace. We want you to know this is simply a part of what we consider caring for the whole person. By combining these little things along with the skilled care of our nursing staff, we’re able to care for the social, recreational and nutritional needs of our residents, to help them feel both medically and emotionally secure.
As individuals age, the need for skilled nursing oversight increases with the onset or continuation of certain medical conditions. Under the care of a treating physician, nursing homes provide skilled nursing services by licensed nurses on a 24/7 basis. Common nursing treatments and procedures are connected to conditions related to diabetes, wound care, pain management, medication management, stroke and cardiac care, and intravenous feeding assistance, among many more.
Skilled nursing services can often be confused with what assisted living communities offer, but a comparison of the two environments highlights the differences. Nursing homes rely heavily on the skilled expertise of licensed nurses to carry out the treatment orders from each resident’s physician. In contrast, assisted living communities, such as our sister facility, Riverbend Senior Living, provide assistance with daily living activities. Nursing homes are needed when one’s health has declined to the point where skilled nursing oversight is necessary throughout the day and night. This is true whether the time needed for skilled care is short or long-term, paid for by Medicare, Medicaid (Medical Assistance), insurance or privately.