Throughout your life, you’ve probably encountered a lot of obstacles. And you probably managed them all pretty well. There are, however, some instances where you may need a little help. If you happen to need to have a joint replaced or experience some other short-term illness, you may qualify for care to be reimbursed by Medicare in a Skilled Nursing Center. If you ever need skilled nursing services for medical issues, after surgery or an accident, what can you expect from these healthcare professionals?
Skilled nursing can be performed at home (outpatient) or a facility, such as a rehabilitation center (inpatient). Your doctor will determine whether you need skilled nursing care and help you decide where to receive these services. The people performing these skilled tasks can be certified medical personnel or work under the supervision of a medical professional.
There are certain services or types of care that these professionals can provide. While they cannot help with non-medical jobs, they will execute the prescribed medical needs such as wound care, physical, occupational or speech therapy, post operative care and medication administration such as giving intravenous drugs.
A very important aspect of having skilled nursing care is patient education. These healthcare providers can educate you and your caregivers on proper procedures and answer questions that may arise. This can help you on your way to recovery and improve your overall wellbeing.
A short-term solution
Keep in mind that skilled nursing care is not for long term care, rather a short-term medical need. And, if you need short-term skilled nursing care, you should investigate whether your insurance or Medicare will pay for this service. Of course, your insurance company or doctor can help you with these questions. Whether at home or in a facility, covered by private insurance or Medicare, skilled nursing care is a great benefit and will help you get back to your life.