Skilled nursing vs long-term care

Short-Term vs Long-Term Skilled Nursing

Older adults who spend time in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) are normally there for one of two reasons. The first is to recover from an injury or illness as quickly as possible. These individuals typically require post-acute care from a registered or licensed nurse while they rehabilitate. Their stay in the rehabilitation center usually lasts a few days to a few weeks.

The second reason for choosing a skilled nursing facility is for long-term care. Typically, long-term residents of a skilled nursing facility have complex medical needs, such as wound care, tube feedings or IV therapy. They may have chronic or progressive medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. They may have had a stroke and require some nursing services while they relearn how to manage activities of daily living.

Whether the length of stay is for a short term or a long term, the level of nursing care provided is as high as you can get outside a hospital. A skilled nursing facility like Acacia Health Center will also make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, with restaurant-style meals, private rooms, and activities that allow you to connect with others and keep spirits high.

Let’s take a closer look at the long and short of skilled nursing.

Short-Term Skilled Care: What Is It?

Elderly patient with nurse

Short-term care is temporary medical aftercare following a surgery, injury, illness, or other medical condition that is expected to improve.

  • Goal-oriented to return patients home as soon as medically possible
  • Medical care ordered by a doctor and provided by licensed health professionals, such as nurses and physical therapists
  • Help with daily activities like bathing or dressing may also be provided, though this type of custodial care is provided by aides

Long-Term Skilled Care: What Is It?

Physical therapy for elderly patient

Long-term care is ideal for seniors with chronic or progressive medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, permanent disabilities or a debilitating stroke.

  • Comprehensive treatment involving medical, therapeutic and personal care services
  • A “home away from home” offering a variety of amenities and services to address the needs of each resident

Choosing a Skilled Nursing Center

If you’re considering a skilled nursing facility, do your research first. Rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and senior living communities vary in quality and in the range of services they offer. Try to visit the community and ask about their policies and routines. You can also look at online reviews or get a referral from someone you know personally with experience at a particular care setting. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also offers helpful information and a tool to compare skilled nursing facilities.

To learn about skilled nursing care at Acacia Health Center, including senior rehabilitation services and long-term care, contact us. We’re always happy to provide the answers you need to ensure the best possible care for you or a loved one. That includes your choice of comfortable private or semiprivate suites, and a level of personal care and attention second to none. It’s why we’ve earned a 5-Star rating, the very best, from CMS.