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Dr. Isaac Vielma
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Skilled Nursing Facilities (Overview)

Skilled nursing facilities is a term for places that one can live and receive advanced nursing care.


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What are skilled nursing facilities?

What are skilled nursing facilities?

Level of care needed: A skilled nursing facility describes a center catering to the needs of patients who need a level of care sometimes requiring the skills of a nurse but not that of a hospital. Included are those needing help with body functions, feeding, medications or mobility at various ages. Generally, a treatment plan coordinated with a physician monitored by the nurses is part of the process. ...Read more

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Dr. Isaac Vielma
93 doctors shared insights

Skilled Nursing Facilities (Overview)

Skilled nursing facilities is a term for places that one can live and receive advanced nursing care.


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How do I find out which are the good or best skilled nursing facilities in an area?

Enquire: You may to enquire and may to visit these places to see whether you want place your loved ones in these facilities. ...Read more

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Are skilled nursing facilities covered by medicare?

Are  skilled nursing facilities covered by medicare?

Depends: In california if a patient has been in the hospital for at least 72 hours, a patient quailifies for rehabilitation services which is covered by medicare part a. Once the "part a days" are used or the person no longer is benifitting from rehab, then the person is discharged home. If the person needs to stay to live, either family pays for room & board or medicaid covers this. ...Read more

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What changes have occurred in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in preparation for boomers/?

What changes have occurred in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in preparation for boomers/?

See below: 20 yrs ago, seniors and their families had few options to turn to for long term assistance and support other than expensive, institutional-like nursing homes. Obamacare and other tweaks in the healthcare laws may allow seniors greater access to resident-centered options/in a facility that seems more like a residence than a hospital. ...Read more

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Will all skilled nursing facilities provide IV therapy?

Will  all skilled nursing facilities provide IV therapy?

Usually not: Some nh who have rn round the clock can administer IV medications. Most of them do not provide this service. ...Read more

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Why is hospice located in skilled nursing facilities?

Why is hospice located  in skilled nursing facilities?

High level needs: Hospice is extremely useful in skilled nursing facilities for patients who have a high symptom burden and cannot be managed at home or do not have a home or home caregivers that allow for this. Hospice clinicians are specially trained to deal with symptoms and generally add expertise to the staff at skilled nursing facilities because the patient will get extra attention. ...Read more

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How do a skilled nursing facilities make money?

How do a skilled nursing facilities make money?

Medicare Part A: The biggest factor in how skilled nursing facilities make money is the number of patients receiving rehab services under medicare part a. This level of service reimburses the most and nursing homes go to great lengths to try and have as many patients on rehab as possible. They also make money on patients who are custodial care (live there) however the margin of profit is small. ...Read more

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What if you are in a skilled nursing facility and dr's orders are not being followed but makes in your chart that it was done?

What if you are in a skilled nursing facility and dr's orders are not being followed but makes in your chart that it was done?

Violation: If you are certain that something is supposed to be done and it's not being done, bring this up to the nurse supervisor. They will supervise whether something is supposed to be done or not. If the problem persists, bring the problem to the patient liaison for investigation. Your job is to make sure that things are being done and your health is being looked after. ...Read more

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How can I find a skilled nursing facility nursing home in my area and know if they are good?

Research: First check out what facilities are in your area. Visit them and ask questions....What is daily routine? How are emergencies handled? What is important to you and will those objectives be accomplished? If they are affiliated nationally, check out their ranking and reputation. You should feel comfortable with the care that is given. If you can ask other residents/families if they are happy. ...Read more

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Where can I file a complaint on a skilled nursing facility?

Where can I file a complaint on a skilled nursing facility?

To the state: File a complaint either to the nh director, if you are not satisfied you can file to state health dept. They are the ones that regulate these nursing homes. ...Read more