What is Skilled Nursing and When is it Time to Consider it?

What is Skilled Nursing and When is it Time to Consider it?

There may come a time when you need to seek care for your senior or disabled loved one from sources outside the home. There are different types of care available, but you may not be sure exactly what the different types are. In your search for care, you’ve most likely come across the term “ skilled nursing”, but find yourself unsure of what exactly that term means. “Nursing home” is a term commonly used to refer to a facility that provides skilled nursing to its residents.
Does this mean that nurses within the care community are more skilled at their jobs? Is it a specific level of senior care? The answer to both questions is YES.

These type facilities provide both long and short term care to patients that require rehabilitation services, or those that suffer from persistent or serious issues that have become too complicated to manage or take care of at home. Alzheimers and dementia patients are often among those that require this type of care. Skilled nursing care facilities are regulated and inspected by the state’s Department of Health Services in the state in which they are located.


Skilled nursing care facilities provide care and services to residents 24/7, every day of the year. They employee highly trained professionals who provide compassionate care for your loved one including:

Rehabilitation Services that include:
    -Physical Therapy

    -Occupational Therapy
    -Speech Therapy
Pain Management
Registered Dietitian & Nutrition specialists
Recreational, Social and Religious Activities
Additional Care Services including:
    -Hospice Services
    -Wound Care Management
    -Oxygen Therapy
    -IV Therapy
    -Pharmacy Services
    -Medication Management
    -Personal hygiene care
    -Incontinence care
Daily Housekeeping
Laundry Services
Beauty Salon/Barber Shop

How do you know it’s time for skilled nursing?

The type of care needed varies from person to person, so it all boils down to the actual amount of care your loved one requires. The most complete levels of care are available in skilled nursing facilities within a senior living community. If your loved one requires continual assistance with day to day activities, or requires longer term medical care after a serious illness of injury, skilled nursing may be the right choice for you.

When your loved one can no longer live alone, Elderberry Health Care staffs highly trained, compassionate caregivers to:
-Supervise your loved one around the clock if there is a concern your loved one may wander off if left unsupervised.
-assistance with mobility, personal hygiene care, and administration of medications.
-provides a higher level of care than the at home caregiver can provide when the person can no longer live safely along at home.

Making the decision to place your loved one in a skilled nursing care facility is never an easy choice, but getting them into a place where they will be safe, secure and well cared for should be the top priority. We offer a comprehensive suite of services with a complete commitment to caring for our residents the way we would want our loved ones cared for. Your family is our family. Contact us today for more information about the types of care we have available for your loved one.