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    Skilled Nursing Care Communities

    Nursing homes are facilities for seniors in need of 24-hour nursing care. They provide many of the same care options offered in other senior communities such as room and board, personal care, protection, supervision and other types of therapy.

    Typically nursing care falls into three levels of care:

    1. Basic Nursing Care is required to maintain a person's activity of daily living.
    2. Skilled Nursing Care is for those seniors who require the services of a registered nurse for treatment and procedures.
    3. Sub-Acute Care requires comprehensive in-patient care for someone who has experienced an acute illness or injury.

    Nursing Care Communities Are For You If …

    You require the care of a skilled nursing community 24 hours a day. With the help of RNs, LPNs, and nurse practitioners, you'll get all the attention that you need at a skilled nursing facility, or SNF.

    Nursing Care Communities Checklist Of Things To Consider

    • Does the area seem clean and well maintained?
    • Does the atmosphere seem friendly and inviting?
    • Is the Residents Bill of Rights posted in the lobby?
    • Does the company run background checks on all the staff?

    Cost Of Nursing Care Homes by City & State

    Payment sources can include private pay, Medicare, or Medicaid. For a private room, the average cost range is between $6,000 and $8,000 per month.

    Introduction to Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and Surrounding Areas

    "The Big Valley"
    The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It's been nicknamed "The Big Valley" and immortalized in song, dance, film and television.

    The history and heritage of the region includes many sites devoted to the pioneers who traveled westward, settled and farmed - those like the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton and Cyrus McCormick's Farm in Raphine. He invented the first reaper!

    During the Civil War this region was nicknamed "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy." In Lexington, visit Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University - where Gen. Robert E. Lee served as president after the war and where the Lee Chapel & Museum is located. See battlefields - New Market Battlefield State Park and Fisher's Hill Battlefield.

    Another historical site of the region is the Birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson.
    Outdoor Wonderland

    The Shenandoah Valley features picture-perfect postcard farms and inns along country roads and the popular Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the natural wonders of this world is the Natural Bridge. Be sure to visit the region's many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground!

    If you're interested in the great outdoors, you'll love the hiking trails, paddle sports and horseback riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains, too!

    Two popular resorts are in the Shenandoah Valley: Bryce and Massanutten, which offer year-around activities. And don't forget the beautiful Shenandoah National Park with its portion of the Appalachian Trail and two resorts, too!

    You'll be singing "Oh, Shenandoah!" when you arrive and experience this magnificent "Big Valley" for yourself.

    ref: Virginia.org