Before we discuss the benefits of an Intermediate Care Facility, it is important to answer the question “What is an ICF?” Intermediate Care Facilities are a relatively new form for healthcare and the term may not be too familiar to you.
What is an ICF?
An Intermediate Care Facility provides long-term care to patients who need custodial care and basic (not skilled) nursing care. In the U.S., Intermediate Care Facilities are almost exclusively for the developmentally disabled but elderly clients can also be ICF patients. These facilities tend to be smaller and house approximately 8-15 residents. Each state governs ICFs differently, so it is important to do some research based on your location.
Benefits of an ICF
These valuable facilities assist patients with daily activities including bathing, dressing, exercise, washing clothes, and transportation, to name a few. Depending on the facility, they may also employ occupational or physical therapists to work with patients. Source: Highland Risk
Staff work with patients on an individualized basis, determined by the number of daily activities that depend on staff assistance. Some residents have enough autonomy to take part in workshops or day programs while others need more assistance. Presently, Medicare does not provide coverage for ICFs, however, that could change as the U.S. continues to work toward a clearer definition of what an ICF is and the role it plays in healthcare.