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What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

After a hospital stay, it is common for patients to require additional care before they are able to return to their normal, everyday lives. As we age, it becomes even more common for some form of continued medical care and rehabilitation to be needed before a patient can safety return home after leaving the hospital.

With the senior population in the United States expected to hit 20% of the total population by 2030, the need for this type of intermediate, post-acute care continues to rise. The World Health Organization predicts that an increase in sedentary lifestyle and the rise in cases of chronic diseases are also contributing to the rising need for care. Thankfully, there are now excellent care options available if you or a loved one needs assistance while recovering from a long illness, an injury or surgery.

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

A skilled nursing facility provides care in a medical setting under the supervision of a doctor. Patients may go from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) to continue their recovery following an illness, surgery or an injury. The staff of a SNF will include registered nurses, physical therapists, medical directors and licensed vocational nurses.

At Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, the care plan for each resident integrates specialized instructions by therapists and physicians and follows the plan established by the resident’s primary physician. There are also additional team members at Crystal Pines in the areas of psychiatry, physiatry, nephrology, neurology and gerontology, as well as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy. Care services provided at Crystal Pines include:

  • Advanced wound care
  • IV therapy
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • 24-hour skilled nursing care
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Pain management
  • Infectious disease care
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Neurological care
  • Outpatient therapy clinic

Medicare Part A covers up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility after a qualifying hospital stay. The Part A deductible covers the first 20 days per benefit period. Following that, the patient pays a share of the cost for each additional day of their stay.

A skilled nursing facility provides transitional care with the goal that the patient will be able to return to his or her home.

Life in a Skilled Nursing Facility

Some skilled nursing facilities, like Crystal Pines, are stand-alone facilities that only provide short-term care. Other SNFs are units inside of a nursing home where people can receive short-term skilled nursing care.

During a stay at a skilled nursing facility, the health care plan is customized to meet the needs of the patient. At Monterey Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, the team collaborates with the patient, their family, the patient’s primary care physician and a team of specialists to establish the right recovery plan and rehabilitation goals for each person. Once the plan is agreed upon, it is carried out by licensed health care professionals and overseen by the on-site medical director. The day-to-day care at Monterey Park is given in a therapeutic, holistic way with a focus on total wellness. Daily activities include:

  • Exercise groups
  • Social engagements and activities
  • Therapies
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Recreational programs
  • Social services
  • Neurological care programs, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Finding Your Place

At Tutera Senior Living and Health Care, our rehabilitation and extended stay communities are completely focused on providing the best possible care and support following a surgery, illness or accident. Our communities, including Monterey Park and Crystal Pines, are committed to creating a personalized experience for each of our residents. Your stay at a Tutera community begins with your YOUNITE Story, which is a collection of your personal history, your likes and dislikes, and your goals for your stay. We use your preferences to create a wellness program with access to nutritious, delicious, chef-prepared meals; social activities; physical therapies; and personal development opportunities.

At Tutera Senior Living, we would love to answer your questions about rehabilitation and recovery programs in our communities. Interested in finding a Tutera community near you? Try our location finder! Or give us a call today.

Learn more by clicking on the community links below:

Bethany Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Carlinville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Carnegie Village Senior Living Community
Charlton Place Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Coulterville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Crystal Pines Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Dixon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Fair Oaks Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Highland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Hillsboro Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Mattoon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Meridian Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Metropolis Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Monterey Park Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Moweaqua Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Norterre - The Estoria
Northland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
St. Paul's Senior Community
Stratford Commons Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Tiffany Springs Senior Living Community
The Village at Mission Senior Living Community