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Skilled Nursing Care

Do you have a loved one who needs a little extra help to be able to stay in their own home? Skilled nursing care may be able to close the gaps and help your loved one age in place. Not only will your loved one be more comfortable in their own home, but skilled nursing care at home is often more affordable than a nursing home. What is skilled nursing care at home? Will Medicare pay for it? How do you know if your loved one would benefit from skilled nursing care? Here’s what you need to know about skilled nursing care at home.

What Is Skilled Nursing Care at Home?

Skilled nursing care at home is medical care provided by (or under the direct supervision of) licensed health professionals like nurses and speech, physical, and occupational therapists. A person may need skilled nursing care on a short-term basis, like to recover from an injury, or over the long term for patients who need a high level of care due to a chronic medical condition.

Types of Skilled Nursing Care

There are many different types of skilled nursing care, including:

  • IV Infusions
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Wound care
  • Diabetes Management
 

“Home care” is different from “home health care.” Home care consists of non-skilled care like housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, dressing, and providing transportation to appointments or shopping.

What Types of Services Are Included With Skilled Nursing Care at Home?

Skilled nursing care at home may include services such as:

  • Medication management
  • Infusion therapy
  • Nutrition services
  • Nursing care
  • Pain management

Is Skilled Nursing Care at Home the Same as Home Health Care?

Yes, skilled nursing care at home is the same as home health care. However, “home care” is different from “home health care.” Home care consists of non-skilled care like housekeeping, cooking, cleaning, dressing, and providing transportation to appointments or shopping.

The good news is that home care and home health care can work hand-in-hand to give your loved one the best possible quality of life.

Devoted to building impactful long term relationships that will benefit the entire family and the community we serve.
Our experienced team of care management specialists are there to ensure the highest quality of care is consistently provided.

Passion Home Health Care Solutions is a Trusted Skilled Nursing Home Care Solutions provider in the Danville, South Boston, Roanoke, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, Newport News, Richmond and Vienna Virginia surrounding areas.

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What Are the Benefits of Skilled Nursing Care at Home?

Skilled nursing care at home has a variety of benefits, including:

  • Lower risk of falls and hospitalization
  • Social engagement
  • Specialized therapy
  • Personalized care
  • Caregivers face less burnout
  • Companionship

Companionship

Don’t underestimate the impact companionship can have on your loved one.

“Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant number of people in the United States and putting them at risk for dementia and other serious medical conditions.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (1):

More specifically, studies have shown that:

  • Social isolation is associated with approximately a 50% increased risk of dementia.
  • Loneliness is associated with higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide.
  • Social isolation significantly increases people’s risk of premature death from all causes.
  • Poor social relationships are associated with a 32% increased risk of stroke and a 29% increased risk of heart disease.
  • Loneliness among heart failure patients is associated with a 57% increased risk of emergency department visits, a 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and a nearly 4 times increased risk of death.

Does Medicare Pay for Skilled Nursing Care at Home?

In some cases, Medicare does pay for skilled nursing care at home (2). To be eligible, the patient must:

  • Be certified by a doctor to be homebound
  • Be under the care of a doctor and getting services under a care plan created and regularly reviewed by a doctor
  • Need intermittent skilled nursing care (other than drawing blood) or physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

What to Look for When Hiring a Skilled Nursing Care Provider

Skilled Nursing Care at Home in Vienna, VA by Passion Home Health Solutions

You don’t want to trust your loved one to just anybody’s care, but how can you pick the right skilled nursing care provider? Here are some questions recommended by the Mayo Clinic for selecting the right home health care provider (5):

  • What type of employee screening does the agency do? Can the agency provide references?
  • Is the agency certified by Medicare to meet federal requirements for health and safety?
  • Is the agency licensed by the state?
  • Do the employees seem helpful and friendly?
  • How does the agency monitor and train skilled nursing care providers? Do they provide continuing education?
  • Are the fees covered by Medicare or health insurance?
  • How are billing and expenses handled?
  • How much does it cost, and what is included in the cost?
  • When can services begin?
  • Will we receive a written care plan before services start?
  • Will you work directly with me, my loved one, and their health care providers?
  • What procedures are in place for emergencies?
  • When are services provided?
 

What Does a Home Health Skilled Nurse Do?

Home health skilled nurses can do a variety of things, including (3):

  • Injections
  • Wound care for a surgical wound or pressure sores
  • Nutrition or intravenous therapy
  • Caregiver and patient education
  • Monitor serious illness and unstable health status

How to Tell When Your Loved One May Need Skilled Nursing Care

Are you unsure of whether your loved one needs skilled nursing care? Here are some signs to look for (4):

  • Recent discharge from the hospital
  • A New Medical Diagnosis
  • Recent Surgery
  • Reduced upkeep of the home

References

  1. Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html
  2. Home Health Services, Medicare, https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/home-health-services
  3. What’s Home Health Care? Medicare, https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/whats-home-health-care
  4. David Levine, Identifying the Right Time for Senior Care, US News & World Report, https://health.usnews.com/senior-care/caregiving/articles/identifying-the-right-time-for-senior-care
  5. Home Care Services: Questions to Ask, Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/home-care-services/art-20044609

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