Skilled Nursing Care
It’s no surprise that most people prefer the comfort of their home while recovering from an illness or injury, or coping with one or more chronic conditions.
Skilled care refers to a type of health care given when you need skilled nursing staff to provide services in the home for the purpose of restoring and maintaining your maximum level of function and health.
Nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are considered skilled care. Any service that could be safely done by a non-medical person (or by yourself) without the supervision of a nurse is not considered skilled care.
What is Skilled Nursing Care
Skilled Nursing Care is care given or supervised by Registered Nurses.The nursing staff works closely with your medical provider to provide care that is reasonable, appropriate and necessary for the treatment of your illness or injury. The goal is to provide support needed to remain safely at home. Nurses provide direct care; manage, observe, and evaluate your care. They teach you and your family caregiver important skills such as changing bandages; assistance with administration of intravenous medications, and teaching about a variety of chronic or acute illnesses.
Our RNs oversee the development of your individual plan of care, the staff who are assigned to perform various functions in your home, and make recommendations for changes to the plan.
What to Expect During a Home Visit
Once your doctor refers you for home health services, we will contact you to schedule an appointment and come to your home. We will talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health. Written orders from your doctor are needed to start services.
Based on our initial visit and assessment, we will develop a plan of care with you with the input of your family and doctor. We will keep your doctor updated about your progress and any changes in your health. It is important that we see you as often as your doctor orders.
Depending on your needs, you will have different members of our home care team come to your home. These may include a nurse, therapist, or medical social worker. Most often, these team members visit the home at different times and/or days.