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When a senior citizen suffers an injury or sickness and is transferred to the hospital for critical care it is important to understand that the recovery from the injury or illness can require extensive rehabilitation and treatment beyond the care offered at the hospital. Most often, families are not prepared to investigate a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation hospital where their loved one is to be transferred after hospitalization.
Often, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s) will make the decision to transfer the loved one without any input from a healthcare surrogate or family member. These are helpful hints on locating a proper nursing home for a loved one: