A Nursing Home or Skilled Nursing Facility is for individuals who need 24 hour nursing care and other professional support services.
This type of facility is often necessary for short terms stays after an illness or injury that requires rehabilitative care.
• Nursing Homes provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, activity therapy, care planning and other comprehensive care services in a single setting.
• Medicare will cover rehabilitative care for a limited number of days (maximum 100 days) after a patient has been hospitalized for a minimum of 3 days or longer. Medicare will determine the duration of coverage and estimate the time needed for recovery after the patient is fully evaluated by the facility.
• Permanent long term care in this setting is for seniors who need continuous skilled nursing care or advanced medical care that is not available at other facilities.
• Options such as Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living or Home Health Care is often appropriate to meet the daily care needs of most seniors after their stay in rehabilitative or skilled care facility. Permanent stays in a Nursing Home are typically not necessary.
Alternate Names for a Nursing Home:
Rehabilitation Center | Skilled Nursing Facility | Convalescent Home