What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Posted on: July 1st, 2021 by hhmin

Whether dealing with a chronic condition, recovering from a recent surgery, processing an experienced trauma, or managing another disease or ailment, short-term rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility is often necessary after a hospitalization.

When the only concern you have for yourself or a loved one is achieving the highest level of recovery possible and returning home, seeking out the best rehabilitation services is important. But with so many different types of specialized care avenues, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in your search for the best option for you.

Let’s start by addressing a common question: What is a skilled nursing facility? Then we’ll discuss what you can expect from skilled nursing facility services, including today’s typical requirements for admission.


What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

A skilled nursing facility is an in-patient rehabilitation and medical treatment center staffed with trained medical professionals that provide care and therapies prescribed by a physician. The clinical staff consists of registered nurses, qualified clinical and medical professionals, and therapists that provide nutritional support, personal hygiene assistance, and nursing care around the clock.  Every resident’s care is overseen by attending physicians.


What Is the Difference Between a Skilled Nursing Facility and an Assisted Living Facility? 

The difference between a skilled nursing facility and an assisted living facility is the level of care offered on a daily basis.

An assisted living facility is a long-term residential option for seniors who may be relatively independent, but need help with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), including bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, and managing medication. When you move into an assisted living facility or community, you receive a personalized care plan designed to address your specific needs and preferences. Here you can lead a basically independent lifestyle in a safe environment, with caregivers close at hand when and if you need them.

A skilled nursing facility is a short-term rehab option that’s designed for the transition from hospital to home after surgery, illness, or an accident. Residents receive a personalized, around-the-clock care plan that includes physical, occupational, speech and/or other therapies. Focusing on these therapies, as well as pain management, cardiac care, wound care, respiratory therapy and more, patients are often able to regain the most mobility, functionality, and cognitive abilities possible before returning home.

Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements for Admission

Generally speaking, admission into a skilled nursing facility is a viable, clinical option after you’ve experienced three inpatient days in the hospital. Additionally, you have to enter into the skilled nursing facility within 30 days of your discharge from the hospital to meet additional intake requirements.

In all occasions, it’s always best to contact the skilled nursing facility directly to have any of your questions or concerns addressed prior to completing the intake process.

In most cases, when you’re admitted and begin the admission process, a team of staff from different medical fields works together to plan your care.

Your skilled nursing care team evaluates any existing physician’s orders and uses that information, in conjunction with clinical reports from the hospital and information gathered upon admission, to assess your specific condition.

While diagnoses can differ, some specific situations in which a skilled nursing facility will prove necessary can include:

If Your Illness or Injury Requires a Hospital Stay 

Some examples of these types of events include a fall, stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, worsening heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or surgery.

If Your doctor Thinks You Require Daily Skilled Nursing Care 

This type of referral for skilled care needs to be provided under the supervision of skilled nurses and therapists before being able to return home safely. It also must be directly related to a condition that was treated during a Medicare-qualifying hospital stay within the last 30 days.


Skilled Nursing Facility Services

Skilled nursing facilities generally offer a variety of specialized care services to help individuals currently dealing with a wide array of medical conditions. Skilled nursing facilities provide 24/7 skilled nursing care and their services can include:

  • Pain Management
  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Care
  • Wound Care
  • Neuro-Muscular Therapy
  • IV Therapy

A Full Continuum of Care Found at Holly Hall’s Skilled Nursing Facility

Holly Hall offers skilled nursing care for any residents who need 24-hour care and extensive assistance with activities of daily living.

If you or a loved one is in need of this type of care, please contact us directly to discuss Holly Hall’s process. We’ll review your medical needs and diagnoses with the referring hospital to ensure we are able to meet your specific medical and recovery needs. We’ll also walk you through available payment options.

With experienced, expert care teams and state-of-the-art equipment, we’re prepared to manage your needs and care as we work together to meet your goals before returning home. We invite you to learn more about our short-term rehab and how your complete and sustained recovery is our top priority.

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