A Skilled Nursing Facility is a lot like a nursing home and many times the terms used are one in the same, but a true skilled nursing facility may offer more "skilled" medical expertise and services. A Skilled Nursing Facility provides skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation services to help injured, sick, or disabled individuals get back on their feet. Skilled nursing facilities usually house more than 100 residents and are staffed by nurses who provide 24-hour care and services.


Whereas, a nursing home, an Intermediate Care Facility or ICF, provides a room, meals, and help for individuals with activities of daily living needs. Residents living in a nursing home usually have physical or memory problems that keep them from living on their own. In terms of rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals make the arrangements for follow-up patient care after an acute hospital stay, like after a surgery. When released from the hospital, a patient transfers to the skilled nursing home to receive hands-on care from nurses. If a patient needs rehabilitation like physical of speech therapy, a patient receives the services until they are able to go home.


Here is a list of the short-term and long-term care offered by skilled nursing facilities:
• Stroke Recovery - rehabilitation therapy, helping patients regain motor skills and speech functions.
• Parkinson's Care - specific care required to attend advanced Parkinson's cases (does not apply for all facilities).
• Custodial Care - helps patients with needs like bathing, dressing and eating.
• General Wound Care - cleans wounds and administers antibiotics for infection.
• Acute Medical Conditions - services offered to help cases where an illness, infection or injury threatens the patient's health.
• Terminal Illness Care - services offered along with hospice care for people living with terminal illness and require custodial care and medical care.
• General Rehabilitation - speech, physical, and occupational therapy and other services to help patients recover after an extended illness or invasive operation.


Families and patients choose skilled nursing facilities when a loved one requires:
• Medications
• Incontinence
• Personal hygiene
• Assistance with meals
• Getting in and out of bed
• Around-the-clock nursing care
• Close supervision, if someone wanders off


Skilled nursing facilities offer:
• Blood transfusions
• Diabetic management
• Medicare-certified beds
• Individualized care plans
• Long-term custodial care
• Ambulance transportation
• Therapeutic and special diets
• Restorative Rehabilitation services
• Post-hospital and post-surgical care
• Speech-language pathology services
• Assistance with activities of daily living
• Incontinence, catheter & colostomy care
• Medication administration and IV services
• Medical supplies and durable medical equipment during the stay