What to expect from a skilled nursing facility

9:42 AM, Jan 03, 2019

Whether you or a loved one needs short term nursing care or rehabilitation services, you may be wondering what to expect from a Skilled Nursing Facility. (Often called a “SNF.”) A Skilled Nursing Facility can offer a wide range of services that can be tailored to your specific needs. The goal of a SNF is to assist their residents to meet their maximum potential. When they are ready, residents are then assisted with their transition back to their home.

Around the clock medical care

Residents in a SNF will receive assistance in many areas. These areas can include: Dressing, bathing, medication administration, diabetic teaching and education, IV antibiotics when appropriate, and wound care. Balanced, healthy meals are served three times a day.

You might be wondering what makes a Skilled Nursing Facility “Skilled.” A SNF must meet the following guidelines: A SNF must employee one fulltime Registered Nurse, as well as a doctor, to provide nursing care 24 hours a day. A SNF must also have a primary location for storage and dispensing of medications, according to Solaris HealthCare.

An emphasis on recovery and rehabilitation

The purpose of a SNF is for Residents to heal and recover sufficiently from their illness or injury, so that they may return to their highest functional level, and return to their homes. There are many services a Skilled Nursing Facility can provide, such as: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Nutritional services along with medical services. Generally, these residents are at the SNF for a short period of time.

At some Solaris locations, such as Solaris Senior Living of North Naples, Solaris HealthCare Imperial or Solaris Health Charlotte Harbor, additional services are offered, such as Long Term Care, Memory/Dementia Care, Palliative and Hospice Services, as well as respite care. “This allows our Residents to transition from one level of care to another without having to change facilities and leave the care team they have grown to trust,” says Solaris.

“Our dedicated team of experts work together to provide a comprehensive, physician driven care plan that will help each resident to get back home,” say Solaris Health Care, a Florida based facility that provides both Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living services. “You can feel confident that our therapists will utilize the most current techniques and methodologies available to help with recovery.”

Exercise and social interaction

In addition to health care services, a skilled nursing facility will provide opportunities for patients to participate in physical activity, including exercise, to help build and maintain the muscle strength that will allow them to return home capable of caring for their needs.

Many facilities will also offer opportunities for social interaction on a daily basis, which is a key part of patient recovery and progress.

Medical insurance coverage

Cost of care will be a major consideration for patients. Prices vary by location and patients should call their desired facilities to verify room availability and participation in insurance programs. According to medicare.gov, "Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers skilled nursing care provided in a skilled nursing facility under certain conditions for a limited time."

Medicare-covered services would include meals, a semiprivate room, physical and occupational therapies, social services, medications, medical supplies and equipment, dietary counseling and ambulance transportation in the event the patient needs medical services that aren't available at their skilled nursing facility.

Medicare patients who require the use of a skilled nursing facility may stay up to 20 days with no coinsurance for each benefit period.

To find out if skilled nursing services could be right for you, call 1-239-592-5501 or visit a Solaris Health Care location today.

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