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What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Hooverwood Nursing Home

When you’re looking for a new community for your aging loved one, it’s easy to get lost in all of the language used to describe the kind of facility that will best fit your unique needs. The staff at these facilities might use terms and phrases you aren’t always familiar with. And in some cases, you don’t have enough time to ask for clarification.

One of those terms is “Skilled.” What is a skilled facility and what does it mean for current or potential residents?

Skilled Nursing Facilities may be freestanding, or part of a senior multi-level campus (communities that offer different lifestyles and/or levels of care to meet a resident’s needs) that offers any or all of the following:

  • Congregate or Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • A range of care options

State regulations define the types of care that may be administered only by a nursing home. Generally, medical procedures and assistive acts requiring a nurse to physically handle a patient are limited to nursing home providers. For example, changing bandages on deep wounds is often only permitted in Nursing Homes, as well as turning a patient who cannot turn themselves in bed.

Finding the right care

Hooverwood provides daily skilled nursing care to our residents who require such care. We are Medicaid and Medicare certified. If you had any other questions about what skilled nursing care looks like, we would be happy to speak with you directly, or give you a tour of our facilities.

In our opinion, seeing is believing, and we’d love for you to see Hooverwood.