Services vary widely at skilled nursing facilities.  In general, the primary focus of a skilled nursing facility is to help people recover and rehabilitate from an injury, illness or hospitalization so that they can return to their normal life as quickly as possible.  Most stays at skilled nursing facilities are considered short term (less than 30 days), but some facilities specialize in offering long term services (greater than 30 days).

Below is a list of the services that are commonly provided at these facilities.  It is important to remember that every facility offers different types of services and specialties.  Patients should look for a skilled nursing facility that provides the specific type of care they are looking for – this greatly increases the chance of a speedy and full recovery.

Short Term Skilled Nursing Services:

Typically for stays 30 days or less, short term skilled nursing care is for patients, often post-injury or post-surgery, who require medical level rehabilitative care before returning home or to an assisted living facility.

  • Post-hospital/post-surgery care
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Stroke recovery
  • Wound care
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Incontinence, catheter and colostomy care
  • Medication administration
  • Therapeutic and special diets
  • Diabetes management
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Ventilator or tracheostomy care
  • Neurological care
  • Management of infectious diseases

Long Term Skilled Nursing Services:

Long term skilled nursing care if for patients who require 24/7 medical care for an extended period (greater than 30 days).

  • Medication administration
  • Terminal illness care (hospice)
  • Stroke recovery
  • Diabetes management
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Incontinence, catheter and colostomy care
  • Therapeutic and special diets
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Ventilator or tracheostomy care
  • Neurological care
  • Management of infectious diseases

 

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