What is Skilled Nursing?
Skilled nursing care is the level of care provided by a registered nurse who monitors your health and administers treatments or procedures around the clock, typically in a nursing home, also called a skilled nursing facility (SNF).
Skilled nursing is a higher level of care than basic nursing care, also provided in nursing homes to help seniors with daily tasks. However, skilled nursing is not as intensive as sub-acute care—comprehensive in-patient care for someone who has had an acute illness or injury, also provided in SNFs.
You may need to go into an SNF on a short-term basis if you need nursing care, or occupational, physical or speech therapy following a hospital stay before you can go home. Or if you need long-term medical care because of a major health condition, you or your family might turn to an SNF for your long-term care.
In addition to nursing care, you will get assistance with daily tasks at an SNF, much as you would in assisted living. These include bathing, grooming, getting dressed, and managing medicines.
SNFs or nursing homes are heavily monitored and must be licensed and inspected by the agency in each state that oversees long-term care facilities.