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Skilled nursing facilities located in our nation's capital are a perfect place for a senior to settle down. A nursing facility is defined as a 24-hour institution or distinct part of a 24-hour institution that is primarily engaged in providing services to residents who require medical or nursing care and is not primarily for the treatment of mental illnesses. At the center of our nation's operation, the District of Columbia has 15 skilled nursing homes to choose from.
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Nursing home care costs in Washington, DC are higher than the national average costs. In the District of Columbia, the monthly median cost for skilled nursing care is $8,212. If you want to place your senior in a nursing home in our nation’s capital, you’re probably going to need deep pockets or financial assistance.
For more information about skilled nursing care costs in Washington, DC, check outGenworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
The nation’s capital provides ample attractions and entertainment venues to make sure everyone has a good time during their visit. The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by Congress in 1846 and maintains most of the nation’s official museums and galleries in DC. These are some of the most frequented museums and galleries in the country, and the best part is, they are free.
A visit to the International Spy Museum will leave you in wonder as you walk through 23 exhibits dedicated to the history and contemporary role of espionage. The museum has the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display.
Besides the abundant art, history, and scientific displays, The National Zoo in Woodley Park is another great location to explore. Washington DC, is also a national center for the arts with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts being home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera, and the Washington Ballet.
The District of Columbia is the capital of the U.S. and is not part of any state. Maryland and Virginia each donated land in order to form this federal district, including the pre-existing settlements of Alexandria and Georgetown. Residents in the district are proud to live in the national’s capital and that attitude permeates through their hard work and resiliency.
Washington, DC is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. East Coast and is bordered in the northwest by Montgomery County, Maryland, Prince George’s County, Maryland to the east, as well as Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia in the south and west. The city has a total of 68.34 square miles, and about 7 square miles of that is water.
Winters here are somewhat chilly and prone to light snow averaging about 16 inches annually with temperatures around 38 degrees. Summers here can be hot and humid and average 80 degrees. Washington, DC is also prone to some violent storms called nor’easters, which also affect large portions of the East Coast.
Skilled nursing homes in Washington, DC are regulated by the district’s Department of Health. Nursing homes and their administrators need to be licensed separately. Nursing homes in the district are inspected regularly and will be investigated in the event of a complaint.
One staff member needs to be employed as the full-time Director of Nursing Services. This person must have a District of Columbia license as a registered nurse; have a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of appropriate clinical experience, and complete 12 hours of continuing education annually.
Washington, DC has crime rates well above the national averages. However, there are many neighborhood watches, crime stopper programs, and police officers working to protect the community. That is why it is critical to find a safe environment so that your senior feels secure.
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Skilled nursing residences and nursing homes in DC can be quite expensive for most families to pay out of pocket. Since Medicare and private insurance policies rarely cover long-term care options, many turn to Medicaid for assistance. In order to qualify in DC, applicants must make no more than $2,163 a month and have less than $2,000 in countable assets. Additionally, nursing home care must be deemed medically necessary in order to retain coverage.
While residing in the home, a resident retains the rights afforded to them as a citizen or resident of the United States. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has the right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. As a resident of a nursing home community, you have the right to be fully informed of your health condition and participate in decisions related to care. This includes the right to refuse treatment, medication, or experimental procedures.
Washington, DC skilled nursing homes are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records must be overseen and managed by a dedicated employee in the nursing home.
Residents in Washington, DC nursing homes have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information, and it is to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies.