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What is skilled nursing care?

Often referred to as a nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities offer 24-hour nursing care support, assistance with daily activities and therapy rehabilitation under the supervision of healthcare professionals. Skilled nursing care is primarily provided for patients that are recovering from a post-acute stay or for those requiring round-the-clock nursing care. 

Benefits of a skilled nursing facility

Skilled nursing facilities are often a source of transitional care, with care and therapy focused on helping patients heal and recover from an injury, illness or surgery. Skilled nursing care is beneficial for many reasons:

  • 24/7 Nursing Care Services
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Dedicated, On-site Therapy Services
  • Increased Physical Activity and Exercises
  • Balanced Nutritional Diet
  • Social Interaction and Support
  • Licensed Nurses and Professional Caregivers
  • Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care Options

When is skilled care needed?

Skilled nursing services are typically needed before a patient can transition home from a hospital setting. To meet skilled nursing admission criteria, patients are regularly assessed onsite by a healthcare professional until they discharge from the hospital. Examples of eligible skilled nursing needs include:

  • Transitional Care Following a Hospital Stay
  • Complex Wound Care
  • Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation
  • Acute Medical Conditions
  • Joint Replacement (Hip, Knee or Wrist)
  • Specialized Nutritional Care (Feeding Tubes)
  • Respiratory Care
  • Diabetic Rehabilitation
  • Rapidly Declining Health
  • Terminal Care (Hospice Care)