What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?
Each year, nearly 1.4 million individuals seek long-term medical care in a skilled nursing facility. While making the decision to send a loved one to a nursing home or rehabilitation center is never an easy choice, it’s often the best way we can provide adequate care and comfort, while ensuring they receive the best medical treatment possible.
Most people, however, don’t consider skilled nursing care facilities an option until the health of an aging parent, spouse or other family member requires more assistance than the initial caregiver can provide. What many people don’t realize is that skilled nursing care facilities can provide reliable assistance for individuals who need rehabilitation services or suffer from serious, persistent health issues.
What Is Skilled Nursing Care and What Do They Do?
A skilled nursing care center is a nursing home and rehabilitation center that offers short- and long-term medical assistance to individuals who require more healthcare than their loved ones can provide. With 24/7 care, trained nurses provide an array of professional services due to injury, illness or age, including:
- Post-operative wound care
- Dispensing and monitoring intravenous medications
- Physical therapy to rectify strength and balance issues
- Speech therapy to reclaim communication skills following a stroke
- Assistance in becoming independent when dressing, caring for oral hygiene, eating, etc.
- Pharmaceutical, laboratory and radiology services
- Social and educational activities
- Laundry services
- Transportation assistance
- End-of-life of hospice care
- Much more
Many facilities also offer accommodations for seniors suffering from serious illnesses due to age such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, dementia and more.
How Do I Know If A Skilled Nursing Care Facility Is Right For My Loved One?
There are many cases and instances when caring for your loved one alone is just too difficult. If your parent, spouse or other family member requires significant health care or has a demanding illness that you’re just not equipped to care for, it might be time to consider a nursing home or rehabilitation center. At Elmwood Terrace, our guests have 24/7 access to well-trained medical professionals and excellent nursing care.
Our short-term skilled nursing care is an ideal option for individuals who no longer require hospitalization but who still require assistance with daily activities, strength building, post-operative care and much more. To find out more about Elmwood Terrace or to inquire about receiving help for your loved one, contact us today.