What Is Skilled Nursing At Home?

skilled nursing at homeThere are several conditions that must be met in order for a client to qualify for skilled nursing at home services. Medicare, Medicaid and many health insurance providers require that the patient is:

  • Homebound
  • Currently under the care of a doctor
  • Have a need for skilled nursing care at home on a regular basis
  • Receive services that are included in a care plan that is reviewed by the physician on a regular basis
  • Have a need for therapy (occupational)

What Classifies A Person As Being Homebound?

Being homebound does not mean that the patient can never leave their house. Being homebound is classified as having a medical ailment or injury that restricts a person’s mobility unless they use an assistive device such as a cane, walker or wheelchair.

A patient may also be considered homebound if they require the use of special transportation services or they need the assistance of someone else. If a physician has advised that a person should not leave their house, this is called being medically advised.

These patients can receive skilled nursing at home and still occasionally leave their homes to attend religious services, attend social events or receive additional medical treatments such as kidney dialysis or chemotherapy as long as they are transported by a professional or family caregiver.

What Are The Duties Of A Skilled Nurse?

A skilled nurse is a registered nurse who has the knowledge and training to provide skilled nursing at home services. The duties of a skilled nurse include:

  • Initially evaluating the patient before services begin
  • Regularly evaluating the needs of the patient
  • Initiating nursing care plan
  • Revising nursing care plan
  • Providing specialized nursing services
  • Preparing clinical notes for physicians and informing them of changes as they occur

Who Qualifies For Skilled Nursing Care?

There are several different types of patients who qualify for this type of care. These patients include:

  • Patients who have Foley catheters
  • Patients who need intramuscular or intravenous injections
  • Patients who have preexisting cardiovascular disease
  • Patients who need observation for pain management, skin care and skin breakdown prevention
  • Patients who need medication management

Skilled nursing at home services are specialized services that allow patients to receive the care they need comfortably in their homes. This care is recommended by physicians and provided by competent and qualified nurses through home healthcare agencies.

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