What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

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When it comes to your loved one, you know them better than anyone else. They may be at a place in their life where they need your help making decisions about the kind of care they need as they get older. In order for you to help them in the best way possible, it’s crucial to understand terminology used in the long-term care industry, including the term “skilled nursing facility.”

What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility? 

A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a residential facility that provides 24-hour medical care on site and activities of daily living (ADL). This may also be known as a nursing home and serves as a licensed healthcare residence for individuals who require a higher level of medical care than can be provided in an assisted living facility. 

Skilled nursing staff, including registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nurse’s assistants (CNAs), are available to provide around the clock medical attention. These types of facilities usually provide rehabilitative services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

In order to be certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), skilled nursing facilities must meet strict criteria and are subject to periodic inspections to ensure that quality standards are being met. There are numerous federal regulations regarding what skilled nursing facilities can and cannot do.

More About Skilled Nursing Services

The key words in skilled nursing facility are “skilled nursing,” and this is an important distinction about the type of care that’s provided. While skilled services are available in a variety of senior care settings, this does not include assisted living facilities where this type of care is not provided.

Skilled nursing care is a high level of medical care that must be provided by licensed health professionals, as mentioned above, as well as physical, speech, and occupational therapists. These services may be necessary in the short term for rehabilitation from an illness or injury, or they may be required over the long term for patients who need a high level of care on a frequent or constant basis due to a chronic medical condition. 

Examples of skilled nursing services include: 

  • Wound care
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy
  • Injections
  • Catheter care
  • Physical therapy
  • Monitoring of vital signs and medical equipment

Skilled nursing care provided in any setting for any duration must be ordered by a doctor to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, or private health insurance. Your loved one’s physician can also prescribe the type of therapy needed and offer suggestions for facilities covered by insurance and Medicare.

Wading through this information and making these decisions is hard, but the staff at USA Healthcare is here to help you as much as we can along the way. We are happy to answer questions, provide tours, and do anything else possible to ease your mind about changes that may be coming for your loved one.

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At USA Healthcare, we look forward to getting to know you and your family and helping you get the answers you need when it comes to the best care options for your loved ones.

Contact us at USA Healthcare to discuss our long-term and short-term care facilities and options. We’re here for you!