What is Skilled Care?
The Williamsport Home Explains Your Options
When faced with senior care decisions, it is important to understand the various options available and the services you can expect from each provider.
At The Williamsport Home, we have a highly skilled nursing staff that has dedicated their careers to meeting the individual and unique needs of residents.
Skilled care typically refers to skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation services, ordered by your doctor, and provided by licensed health professionals, such as nurses and physical, occupational or speech therapists. Skilled care is provided in a nursing facility setting, which is also referred to as a nursing home or a skilled nursing facility (SNF). At The Williamsport Home’s Ravine Ridge, we offer an 18-bed, short-term rehabilitation unit with climate-controlled private rooms and European showers, private dining and a private entrance to our rehabilitation unit.
Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services can also be provided in other health care settings, such as a home health provider or an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The Medicare program will often pay a portion of a skilled care stay provided in a nursing home setting when the nursing care and therapy services can only be safely and effectively performed by, or under the supervision of professionals or technical personnel. Skilled care providers offer around the clock licensed nurses to evaluate and manage a resident’s individual treatment plan. Most skilled procedures are provided by registered nurses and rehabilitation therapists, with physicians available as needed. A skilled-care stay is usually a goal-oriented and client centered short-term stay averaging 14 to 21 days, depending on one’s progress and insurance coverage. Goals are established with a primary focus of improving physical function while recuperating from an acute illness, injury or surgery. At the conclusion of a skilled stay, individuals are often discharged back to their home in the community where they continue to live independently.
Individuals can also receive long-term care in a nursing facility. Some residents need more day to day assistance than can be provided in their home which necessitates their transition to a longer term nursing home stay. Care and services are typically focused on maintaining functional and/or cognitive capabilities and effective management of future declines. The care focus expands to include permanent housing and social programming in addition to medical care. Long-term nursing home care is typically paid by the consumer or through the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program.
Today’s nursing home serves two very different patient populations. We can provide more complex medical care and rehabilitation services for those recovering from surgery or illness to assist with their return to home and community settings. Additionally, we also provide long term support services that offer permanent support for day-to-day needs.
Whether you or your loved one are here for a respite stay, short-term rehabilitation or long-term care we want you to feel The Williamsport Home is your home.
We accommodate different levels of care and modification of care as your needs change, including:
- 24-hour Skilled Nursing
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy services (7 days/week)
- Restorative Care
- Short-term and post-operative care
- Specialized wound and skin care
- Memory Care secured unit
- Respite Care
- End of Life Suites/Comfort CareDaily recreational activities
- Diet and nutrition counseling
- Social services and discharge planning for residents and families
- Daily housekeeping and linen service
- Scheduled van transportation
- Beauty and barber services
Our Skilled Nursing Care Facility (SNF) is dually-certified by Medicare and Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted. Contact us to learn how The Williamsport Home can be your home away from home.
Contact us at 570-323-8781 today for more information on how we can support you or your loved one through your journey.