These facilities provide medical care, room and board to individuals of all ages on a short-term or long-term basis.  Patients recovering from an illness or surgery often go to a skilled nursing facility to recuperate before returning home.  Nursing homes also provide long-term care to individuals requiring 24-hour nursing or custodial care.  All nursing homes are licensed and regulated by the state. 

Choosing a Nursing Facility:

Information regarding evaluating a facility may found at http://www.medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare/search.aspx

You may search by zip code, city or just state for a complete listing of all facilities.  A facility comparison can then be made enabling the viewer to make a choice which facility fits their needs. 

The following link will open the Medicaid application for Long Term Care Services

https://bhsfweb.dhh.louisiana.gov/OnlineServices/ApplyForMedicaid.aspx