A skilled nursing facility (SNF) provides 24-hour professional nursing care. Services include medical and non-medical treatment, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy in a safe care environment. Additionally, each facility has a medical director, and that doctor or the patient’s physician supervises care. Furthermore, every resident must have an individual plan of care developed by a physician, resident (or resident’s representative), and facility staff. To qualify, patients must be chronically ill or recovering from an illness or surgery, and cannot recover at home.
What are other names for skilled nursing facilities?
Social services such as assessing a patient’s mental and emotional care and needs
Medication management, including potent injectable medications and intravenous medications and solutions
Medical supplies and equipment used in the facility, for instance a walker or exercise equipment
Recreational therapy services such as art, music, sports or leisure activities
Rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational, or speech-language pathology therapy
Rehabilitation services for people with life-long challenges include gait training (walking) and bowel and bladder training.
Specialized units for dementia patients
They will coordinate transportation for patients needing supplies or services not available at the facility.
Who qualifies for a skilled nursing facility?
Qualifying individuals are anyone who had a qualifying inpatient hospital stay and needs 24-hour care. Patients should seek a Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility. A doctor prescribes daily skilled care, which a skilled nurse or qualified therapy staff provides, and the diagnosis must be
a hospital-related medical condition or
a condition that started while a person was in the care of a skilled nursing facility for a hospital-related medical condition.
Most patients are temporary tenants, but there are permanent residences for people needing 24/7 custodial care.