Skilled Nursing Facility - Rehab

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center
Most skilled nursing facilities provide 24-hour nursing and skilled medical care. They provide two types of service:

  • Focus on physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and nursing/skilled needs. Medicare usually reimburses these services after a consecutive three-day hospital stay.
  • Focus on the long-term cus­todial care of seniors including bathing, dressing, feeding and other activities of daily living. These services are not paid for by Medicare, but can be paid by Medicaid if the patient qualifies or can be paid for privately.

One of the biggest determining factors in choosing a senior care environment is the cost. Most of the senior care options mentioned above must be paid for out of the senior’s pocket (skilled nursing is the exception and is usually paid for by Medicare/Medicaid). This means that it is important to decide on a budget before you start to look for a suitable setting, and remember to fac­tor in all possible payment options.