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What Qualifies Someone for Skilled Nursing Care?

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Over the years, your care needs may change, and there will come a time when you need to reevaluate your Senior Living options. Some seniors find that Independent Living Communities suffice for the long term, but unexpected injuries or illnesses can make it impossible to live independently for a while. Furthermore, if you develop a chronic neurological or cognitive condition, you may need a permanent solution such as Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care.

Whether you require intensive care for yourself or a loved one, Buckner Calder Woods has a Skilled Nursing Care program to meet your needs. We offer two Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care options from which to choose. The Haven is suitable for both long-term and short-term stays, while The Cottages specialize in Long-Term Skilled Nursing for those needing Memory Care. To learn which of our Skilled Nursing Care options may be best for you or a senior in your life, call us today at 409.407.7636.

What Is Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled Nursing Care facilities can provide more intensive Senior Care than Independent Living and Assisted Living facilities. Residents of Independent Living Communities are fully self-reliant, while those in Assisted Living facilities need help with activities of daily living (ADLs). A Skilled Nursing Care facility differs from these two in that:

  • It is frequently used for short-term care, although long-term skilled nursing care is also an option.
  • Residents are under the care of licensed practical nurses at all times, with a registered nurse on staff for a portion of the day.
  • Residents are provided with a higher level of medical care.
  • The setting is less homelike and more hospital-like.
  • Residents typically have semi-private rooms rather than private apartments or townhomes.

Since patients in a Skilled Nursing facility need more intensive medical care, the atmosphere will be different from Assisted Living and Independent Living facilities. Residents of Skilled Nursing facilities typically enjoy similar amenities. However, staff may bring meals and activities to their room if they have lower mobility.

What Qualifies a Patient for Skilled Nursing Care?

You may be wondering if you or a loved one qualifies for Skilled Nursing Care. There will be times that a person is referred to a Skilled Nursing Care facility by their physician. However, it may be up to the senior or their family to consider if their care needs have changed. This is not a decision that you or your loved ones should make lightly. The following can help explain what qualifies a patient for Skilled Nursing Care:

  • Experiencing a severe illness or injury that requires specialized care for recovery
  • Undergoing surgery that restricts one’s mobility and ability to complete ADLs independently
  • Having a chronic medical condition or disability that impairs your ability to live independently

Patients who move to a Skilled Nursing Facility after an illness, injury, or surgery are usually discharged. This discharge means they can live independently and complete ADLs with little difficulty. Depending on the speed of their recovery, they may spend up to a few months in the Skilled Nursing Facility.

Patients with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s may also require Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care for years.

Find Care You Can Count on at Buckner Calder Woods

Choosing the right level of care can be somewhat confusing, especially if you believe your needs could change. Buckner Calder Woods makes the choice easy with a full continuum of care. This allows you to receive any level of changes in your medical health. Call us today at 409.407.7636 to schedule a tour to see why Buckner Calder Woods will make your ideal Senior Living Home for many years to come.