Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are residential facilities that provide skilled nursing care, physical therapy and other health services. This type of facility is part of a continuum of care that includes senior living communities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and hospice. A SNF will be able to provide continuity of care for those recovering from surgery or those with acute medical conditions. The services offered by a skilled nursing facility can vary from one location to the next
Skilled Nursing Facility Vs Nursing Home
1 Skilled Nursing Facility Vs Nursing Home
A nursing home is a long-term care facility that provides medical care to residents who are unable to care for themselves. It is also known as an assisted living center, nursing home, convalescent home, elderly housing complex and convalescent facility.
A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a type of healthcare facility that provides rehabilitation and skilled nursing services to patients who have been injured or are ill. The chief difference between these two kinds of facilities is that while SNFs can admit patients on short term basis with an average stay of 21 days or less, nursing homes provide any required assistance 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.
2 A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a nursing home that provides skilled nursing care, physical therapy and other health services.
When you think of a nursing home, the first image that comes to mind may be one with rows of beds lined up in giant rooms. But there are actually many different types of nursing homes, including SNFs (skilled nursing facilities).
- A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a type of nursing home that provides skilled care for patients who have been discharged from hospital and need more intensive medical treatment than what is offered at an assisted living center or independent living facility.
- Every state has guidelines regarding which patients qualify for admission into a SNF or other type of skilled care facility. In general, these are people who need additional help for their daily activities because they have physical limitations caused by illness or injury; mental impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease or another condition; or cognitive impairment after suffering a stroke.
- While some SNFs provide 24-hour medical supervision and care as part of their services, others offer only short-term rehabilitation after an illness or surgery—usually less than two weeks—and do not provide any long-term custodial care beyond this period.*
3 This type of facility is part of a continuum of care that includes senior living communities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and hospice.
From assisted living facilities to nursing homes and hospice care, long-term care facilities are part of a continuum of care that includes a series of places where you can live and receive the medical treatment you need.
The continuum is called “continuum” because it’s not just one place; it’s an ongoing process as your needs change. As your health declines, the level of care provided may increase from one facility to another. For example, you could move from an independent living community into assisted living when it becomes too difficult for you to live alone any longer. Then after some time in assisted living, if dementia or other disabilities make it necessary for someone else to give you 24-hour supervision and assistance with daily activities like dressing and bathing, then moving into memory care might be appropriate (and lastly).
4 A SNF will be able to provide continuity of care for those recovering from surgery or those with acute medical conditions.
A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a place where residents can receive long-term care. SNFs are typically staffed by nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals who have specialized training in treating patients with complex health conditions. SNFs may be a good choice for those recovering from surgery or those with acute medical conditions such as heart failure or diabetes.
The federal government defines skilled nursing facilities as “extended care facilities that provide skilled nursing services on an intermittent basis to individuals who require medically necessary therapy and rehabilitation over an extended period of time…” This means that the focus at this type of facility is the provision of skilled nursing services—those that require highly specialized education and training—as opposed to basic daily tasks like dressing or bathing.
5 The services offered by a skilled nursing facility can vary from one location to the next.
The services offered by a skilled nursing facility can vary from one location to the next. For example, some SNFs provide specialized care for specific medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or cancer. Some SNFs offer treatment for specific medical conditions like heart failure, COPD or stroke recovery. Others may specialize in treating less common diseases and disorders like muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis (MS).
If you have concerns about your loved one’s health needs, it’s important to ask questions when choosing an SNF so that you know exactly what kind of care they’ll receive there and whether or not it will meet their specific requirements.
6 A skilled nursing facility can be just one component of a wider program of post-surgery or aging-related care.
In addition to skilled nursing facilities, a continuum of care for older adults can include assisted living facilities, memory care residences, and hospices.
A continuum of care is most often used for people recovering from surgery or serious injury who need rehabilitation. It also works well for seniors who have limited mobility and require assistance with daily activities such as bathing or getting dressed. As an example, if you have had hip replacement surgery and are recovering in the hospital but still unable to walk without assistance, your doctor may place you in a facility that provides around-the-clock skilled nursing services alongside rehabilitation services so that you can regain strength while learning how to use crutches or other canes safely. After several weeks at this facility, your doctor may determine that it’s safe enough for you to begin outpatient rehab at home where there will be less supervision than would be available at a skilled nursing facility (although there may still be some services provided).
Skilled nursing facilities can be a great option for those recovering from surgery or with long-term medical conditions that require intensive care. The services offered by skilled nursing facilities can vary from one location to the next, so it’s important to research your options and find out what kind of care they offer before making any decisions about where you want to be treated.