A Nursing Home is a place for people who cannot take care of them self’s at home and are suffering from illness stay for better care and recovery. It is basically a small classified housing accommodation with health management, especially for elderly citizens. Nursing Homes specialize in long-term care. Nursing Home is also known as convalescent home, skilled nursing facility (SNF), care home, rest home or intermediate care.
Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy. There might be a nurses' station on each floor. Other nursing homes try to be more like home. They try to have a neighborhood feel. Often, they don't have a fixed day-to-day schedule, and kitchens might be open to residents. Staff members are encouraged to develop relationships with residents. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day.
According to the Investment Commission of India, the market size of hospitals and nursing homes will be Rs 54,000 crore with 20 per cent growth rate per annum; medical equipment Rs 9,000 crore with 15 per cent growth; clinical lab diagnostics Rs 9,000 crore with 30 per cent growth; imaging diagnostics Rs 4,500 crore with 30 per cent growth and other services, including training and education, aesthetics and weight loss and retail pharmacy Rs 9,000 crore with 40 per cent growth .According to World Health Organisation (WHO,2014) India is just having 12 hospital beds, 6 Doctors and 13 Nurses per 10,000 people, this is far below the world average 30 hospital beds, 15 Doctors and 28 Nurses per 10,000 people.
Comparison between Hospital and Nursing Home
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