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A nursing home is facility that takes care of the elderly or retirees that had contributed to the Medicaid during their working years while an acute care giver facility provides care for a short period of time for severely sick individual during their recovery. Most care in nursing homes is provided by certified nurses (Giacalone, & Duetsch, 2001), while in an acute care hospital, the services are given by qualified physicians and other clinical personnel.
The services of nursing home may be sponsored by Medicaid and is mostly given to old people while the services of acute care hospital is given to those who are coming out of ICU and need extended care in their recovery. Acute care facility may be referred to as hospitals while the nursing homes are mostly referred to as nursing facilities or skilled nursing facilities (Hospital Today, 2001).
These differences between the structure of nursing home and the acute care hospitals are as a result of government regulations. The government recognizes acute care facility as a facility that offers short-term services to people with acute injuries or recuperating from an acute condition. These facilities take care of people of all ages (Kahn, Benson, Appleby, & Carson, Iwashyna, 2010).
On the other hand nursing home is a facility where elderly and younger people are taken to be taken care of. Acute care facilities are referred to as hospitals because their care is mostly related to that given in hospitals and most of its residents are recuperating patients. On the other hand, nursing home is not necessary for the sick people but the elderly (Hospital Today, 2001).
These differences are necessary because they determine the functions of both facilities. The government also relies on these definitions to determine which facility is legible for Medicaid. It must be noted that not all nursing homes are legible for the fund and therefore strict distinction should be made. Therefore the differences are necessary distinguishing factors.