skilled nursingBy Jeff Hartman

Often times after surgery or an extended stay in the Hospital, your Doctor or Discharge Planner may advise a short stay at a Skilled Nursing facility to help you or a loved one quickly get back on your feet.

Skilled Nursing Care is just what is suggests – skilled.  A full staff is available 24/7 to help you on your road to recovery.  From planned meals for special dietary restriction, to extensive rehabilitation – Skilled Nursing Facilities can either be a temporary or long-term solution for healthcare.

With the help of RNs, LPNs, and nurse practitioners, residents at Skilled Nursing Communities will get the care they need and then some!

After an extended hospital stay, either after surgery or other operations, a patient may require just a little bit more care than what can be provided at home.  Skilled Nursing care may even cost less than the hospital stay, as the median monthly cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home in North Carolina is $5,779.17, and $6,387.50 for private*.

When a Skilled Nursing Community is recommend after the hospital, a Discharge Planner or Social Worker may provide the names of 1 or 2 local facilities.  While these are given by name, they are typically just a suggestion of places that can help.  It is important to remember that the patient and their loved ones have the ability to choose where to go for the best care in their area.

If you have the time – take a tour of the facility!  This will allow you to choose the level of care and comfort for your loved one.  Does the area seem clean and well maintained?  Does the atmosphere seem friendly and inviting?  Remember to ask yourself these questions before making a decision. An important part of recovery after a hospital stay is being comfortable and having a friendly staff to help you focus on your health.

*estimate based on figures from Genworth Financial’s 2012 Cost of Long Term Care Study

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