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Skilled Nursing Facility

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a type of nursing home that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services for people who are unable to care for themselves. SNFs are also sometimes called nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

People who live in SNFs typically have chronic medical conditions or disabilities that require ongoing care and supervision. They may also need help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

Skilled nursing care is provided by licensed nurses and other medical professionals. Services may include wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, feeding tube placement, and pain management. Rehabilitation services may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

SNFs are regulated by state and federal laws. In most states, SNFs must be licensed and inspected by the state department of health.  Medicare pays for skilled nursing care if it is considered medically necessary. There are different levels of skilled nursing care, and the type of care you receive will depend on your individual needs.

Who Should Consider Skilled Nursing Facility?

There are many reasons why someone might require skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing facilities are typically used for those who need more intensive care than what can be provided at home or in an assisted living facility.

Some individuals may need short-term skilled nursing care after a hospital stay, while others may need long-term care due to chronic illness or disability. No matter the reason, if you or your loved one requires skilled nursing care, there are many things to consider when choosing a skilled nursing facility.

Paying for a Skilled Nursing Facility

If you're considering a skilled nursing facility for yourself or a loved one, there are some important financial considerations to keep in mind. First, if you're on Medicare, it's important to know that Medicare will only pay for care in a Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility.

Another important consideration is what type of care services you need. Skilled nursing facilities offer a range of care services, from basic assistance with activities of daily living to more complex medical care. If you or your loved one needs skilled nursing care on a 24-hour basis, you'll want to look for a facility that can provide that level of care. Medicare will only pay for care that is medically necessary, so be sure to discuss your care needs with your doctor before making any decisions.

Finally, keep in mind that skilled nursing facilities can be expensive. Be sure to investigate all your financing options before making any decisions. You may find that Medicare will cover some of the costs, but you may also need to supplement with private insurance or other forms of funding.

Assisted Living vs. Skilled Nursing

There are a few key differences between assisted living and skilled nursing. Assisted living is typically for those who need help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Skilled nursing is for those who require more medical care and supervision. Skilled nursing facilities have nurses on staff 24 hours a day, while assisted living facilities typically do not. Skilled nursing facilities also have more extensive rehabilitative services.

Contact Gardens Care to Discuss Your Senior Living Needs

Contact Gardens Care by calling (303) 566-1085 to discuss your care options. In many cases, the right level of care for your loved one might actually be assisted living or memory care. We are here to help you.