Hood addresses long-term care options

From Staff Reports


Eupora Rotarians learned about North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora’s Long Term Care Unit at their July 23 meeting.

Located inside the hospital, the 35-bed facility has all-private rooms, according to guest speaker Amy Hood, director of social services.

“We try to promote their independence,” she said of its residents, along with a positive atmosphere and activities that are enticing to them. The unit stays full, she added.

“You should start thinking about specialized service once you hit 60,” said Hood, who pointed out that the general population is living longer. “Long-term care is something to think about.”

Medicare and Medicaid are two forms of payment for nursing home care, she noted. Hood also said most long-term care insurance will help out some with costs, with most policies paying about $80 a day.