What Is Skilled Nursing?

what is skilled nursingWhen people speak about senior healthcare, there are two terms that are talked about a lot. Many times people use skilled nursing and nursing homes  interchangeable. This confusion has many in the healthcare industry wondering if there is a difference between the two, and if so, what are those differences?

Some times when seniors are speaking about nursing home services, there are actually referring to skilled nursing care. However, there are technical differences between the two. But, both types of care provide short and long term care options for seniors, the disabled and others who need extra medical assistance.

What Can A Patient Expect To Receive With Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nursing services allow your loved one to live comfortably at home and received trained nursing services in a familiar environment. These services are designed to help restore a patient to wellness and an overall improved level of health.

Skilled nursing services are provided by registered (RN) nurses and licensed (LPN/LVN) nurses. The services provided by these licensed help patients who are temporarily home bound due to an illness or injury. Some of the tasks a nurse can perform include:

  • Monitoring IVs
  • Dressing changes on wounds
  • Medication administration
  • Diabetic care
  • Catheter care
  • Post-operative care
  • Tube feeding
  • Port maintenance
  • Stroke management
  • Cancer care
  • Alzheimer’s care

If necessary, the agency can bring physical, speech and occupational therapists into the home to provide additional therapy based on the client’s specific needs.

Why Choose In Home Care?

Receiving skilled nursing care in the home does more than just help to heal you or your loved one’s physical ailments. Studies have concluded that patients who recover from an injury or an illness in their home instead of a facility actually recover faster. In addition, they have a reduced risk of developing depression.

Skilled nursing care offers patients direct care while also educating patients and family members about the type of care the patient will need long term. A team of caring professionals will evaluate you or your loved one’s care.

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