Skilled Nursing Care actually falls into two distinct categories:

 

  • Short Term Nursing Care
  • Long Term Nursing Care

Short Term Skilled Nursing (also known as Transitional Care or Rehabilitation)

 

Short Term Skilled Nursing Facilities provide care for seniors that are in need of acute care or are recovering from a medical procedure or accident. There is a limit on time that facilities will keep patients for Short Term Skilled Nursing. Most facilities will cap the time spent at 100 days.

Short Term Skilled Nursing facilities are full-time nursing environments, with full time medical staff at the facility at all times. Many patients at this level are non-ambulatory and cannot care for themselves. Most require aid in bathing, dressing, eating, and getting in and out of bed. While most facilities do have a separate dining area for the patients, many will be served at their beds. Beds and furniture is always provided and is the type typically found in hospital environments.

While a patient is recovering at a Short Term Nursing Facility they will have daily therapy sessions that are designed to help the patient recover and gain back as much functionality as is possible within those first 100 days.

Rooms are very often shared with other patients who can be rotated in and out of different rooms. So a patient can have quite a few different roommates by the time they are ready to leave if they have a semi-private room. Many facilities do have private rooms which are usually available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Common Payment Options:

 

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • LTC Insurance
  • Private Pay

 

Average Cost Range:

There is typically a daily rate which the facility charges which may range from $100 to $200 per day. For the first 100 days the majority of this may be paid by Medicare directly to the facility.

Long Term Skilled Nursing (also known as a Nursing Home)

Long Term Skilled Nursing is much like Short Term Skilled Nursing, in that it provides that exact same level of care. As its name would indicate, this level of care is reserved for those patients that cannot care for themselves and are not expected to recover quickly, if at all.

In a Long Term Skilled Nursing facility almost every part of the day is scheduled. Bathing, meals, medications, and therapy sessions are set at rigid schedules in order to be able to meet the physical, dietary, and medical care needed for every patient on a daily, on-going basis.

There are usually set visiting hours, and often over-night stays by family members are discouraged, and in many cases, not allowed. However, this policy fluctuates from one facility to the next.

Most facilities will have common areas to watch TV for those residents that can get themselves around, and many will have weekly activities to try to provide some entertainment for the residents. Most facilities will have a salon to help the patients with their hair and nail care and a dining facility so that residents have the opportunity to get out of their rooms to enjoy social stimulation and have some companionship.

Transportation is normally only provided to and from medical appointments that are away from the facility. Regular checkups to the patient's care physicians are often scheduled by the Long Term Care Facility, particularly when a family member is not present to help.

Skilled Nursing  is also referred to as :

 

  • Skilled Facility
  • Nursing Facility
  • Nursing Home
  • Skilled Care
  • Convalescent Home
  • Skilled Therapy
  • Short Term Nursing Care
  • Long Term Nursing Care

 

Common Payment Options:

 

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • LTC Insurance
  • Private Pay

 

Average Cost Range:

$5,000 to $10,000 per month