What is a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)?
A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is a clinical care provider offering 24-hour licensed nursing care. An SNF primarily provides services for residents requiring medical and nursing care and/or therapy services for rehabilitation. A licensed physician supervises each patient’s care and a nurse or other medical professional is always on-site. Other medical professionals such as occupational or physical therapists are also available. Care typically includes: physical therapy, occupational and speech rehabilitation, intravenous therapy, post-surgical stabilization, pulmonary management, and wound care. Also, an SNF provides assistance with administration of medications and aids in a variety of daily living needs including dressing, bathing, walking, and eating.
What is the difference between a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and an Assisted Living Facility?
An Assisted Living Facility offers housekeeping services and medication management, provides meals, and helps with Activities of Daily Living. Assisted Living Facilities do not offer skilled nursing care or rehabilitation.
How can I determine if my loved one needs a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)?
If your loved one needs 24-hour nursing care and/or is unable to perform daily care activities, administer medication, prepare meals, etc., an SNF will provide the care they likely need.
What payment plans are accepted at Senior Care Centers’ SNF’s?
Medicare, Medicaid, Private Pay, and Insurance Plans.
What is Applied Income?
Applied Income is the amount of personal income a resident must pay to a Skilled Nursing facility toward the cost of their care if they are on the Medicaid Program.
Can I keep my car if my spouse is in a Skilled Nursing facility and needs Medicaid to assist with finances?
A spouse may keep a car with unlimited value if needed for medical transportation.
Can anyone get Medicaid in a Skilled Nursing facility if they meet the income guideline?
Each person applying for Medicaid in a Skilled Nursing facility must also meet a criteria of medical necessity.
How do I know if my loved one is ready for an SNF?
The following will help you decide about the necessity for skilled nursing care:
- Requires daily assistance with eating, dressing, and self-care
- Forgets to take medication or overmedicates
- Behaves in ways that could be harmful (to self or others)
- Wanders away from home or experiences frequent signs of memory loss
- Requires constant nursing care for a chronic illness
- Requires rehabilitation therapy and care for post-surgery recovery, illness, or stroke
- Has needs that are not being safely met by current caregiver
What is an Assisted Living Facility?
Assisted Living Facilities are for individuals who need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) but wish to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Assisted Living exists to bridge the gap between Independent Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Residents in Assisted Living Facilities are not able to live by themselves but do not require constant care. Assisted Living Facilities offer help with ADL’s such as eating, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, and assistance with medications.
Amenities and Services
Are cable TV and phone service provided?
Both cable television and phone service are available.
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