Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF’s) provide nursing care, rehabilitation and other services for those who cannot attend to their physical or emotional needs by themselves. Skilled nursing care may last for a few weeks, a few months or continue for years.
Short-term care may be required for rehabilitation from a hospital stay or recovery from an illness, injury or surgery.
Long-term care is typically required for those needing nursing care or supervision, those with chronic medical conditions or severe pain, those with permanent disabilities, those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, and those requiring help with activities of daily living.
In summary, skilled nursing care, short or long term, is for those individuals requiring round the clock care. Skilled nursing facilities are highly regulated, licensed and inspected by state and federal agencies.