Commonly referred to as a skilled nursing facility, rehab facility, or just nursing home. These facilities used to be one of the few options for those needing long-term care. Decades ago there simply were not the thousands of Assisted Living facilities there are today and a loved one needing more care would go to the “nursing home”.
Today, these facilities primary focus on providing post-acute (post-hospitalization) care to individuals who need care for a few weeks to a month after a hospitalization. Services could range from speech and occupational therapies to wound care and much more. Most people in a skilled nursing facility will only receive services for two weeks to a month. However, may of these facilities will set aside 10% to 25% of their beds for long-term care.
While one of the most expensive care options, running from a low of $5,000/month to a high of $15,000+/month, the facilities can be a great option for some clients.
The best fit is for clients that need care at a very high level. An example of this high level of care would be ventilator patients or someone needing frequent Intravenous treatments.
While almost any level of long-term care can be provided outside of a skilled nursing facility, many feel more comfortable with the skilled nursing environment knowing that doctors and nurses are available 24/7.
If you need help determining if skilled long-term care is the best option available contact your Care Advocate.