Posted: August 1, 2023
While it’s not uncommon to hear “skilled nursing care” and “skilled nursing communities” used interchangeably, the two do have key differences. Skilled nursing care can be defined as a type of medical support that includes medical treatments and services that only a licensed nurse or medical professional can perform. Skilled nursing communities, which may be referred to as “nursing homes,” are residential communities where individuals receive around-the-clock skilled nursing care, whether on either a short-term basis for rehabilitation or on a long-term basis to treat ongoing health conditions.
Skilled nursing care is a high level of medical care that must be provided by or under the direct supervision of a licensed health provider, such as a registered nurse (RN) or a physical, occupational, or speech therapist.
Skilled nursing services might be necessary for short-term rehabilitation due to an illness or injury, or following a hospital stay. Some individuals may need long-term care skilled nursing care due to chronic medical conditions or illnesses. Licensed medical professionals partner with each person to determine goals for their health and well-being, and develop a care plan to achieve those goals.
Additionally, qualified nurses can provide complex services like colostomy care, feeding tubes, hospice care, diabetes management, and intravenous medication administration.
While long-term skilled nursing care is generally not covered by Medicare, short-term rehabilitation is covered if you or your loved one need extensive rehabilitation or nursing services in order to recover from an illness or injury. This applies when a physician prescribes specialized therapies, medical equipment/devices, or around-the-clock nursing care to aid in recovery. A physician will likely offer more information about a trusted skilled nursing facility to ensure the resident receives proper rehabilitation to enhance these capabilities after recovery.
A skilled nursing community is an in-patient medical treatment center and residence that offers services provided by trained medical professionals. Skilled nursing communities often offer both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.
Skilled nursing communities provide around-the-clock health care services, assistance with activities of daily living, dining and meal plans, and life enrichment programming.
Clermont Park offers a full continuum of senior living options, including assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services within a welcoming and nurturing community. With plenty of enrichment opportunities, we aim to help older adults regain their strength and independence and live their retirement years peacefully.
To learn more about our services, contact us today.