What is skilled nursing care?

Bethesda Health | March 30, 2016

A skilled nursing community (nursing home) provides direct 24-hour medical oversight for individuals who have health conditions that need daily medical monitoring.  A skilled nursing community will provide a semi-private or private room, meals, activities, medication management and 24/7 health monitoring for their residents.  Many skilled nursing communities have secured units that provide specific care for the resident who is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Many skilled nursing communities also provide “therapy and rehabilitation” services funded under Medicare—this is sometimes called Med-A Therapy, where the individual goes for short-term rehabilitation after a three- day or longer hospital admission.  The objective of the Med-A therapy is to get the individual as highly functioning as possible, so they can successfully return home.

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