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Skilled Nursing Vs. Long-Term Care

For most Americans, the thought of long-term care, such as assisted living, is not something that takes up much of their time, unless they need it for themselves or a family member. In fact, most people don’t really know much about which long-term care options are available to them.

With terms that are fairly interchangeable, it is easy to see why so many seniors can get confused when exploring their options as they grow older and need more skilled medical care. For example, a skilled nursing facility, nursing home, long term care home and independent living residency can all refer to a residential facility that provides access to 24-hour medical care. So how do you know which residential care option is right for your specific needs?

Skilled Nursing vs. Long Term Care: What’s the Difference?

Often, “skilled nursing,” is one of the most confusing terms you’ll come across when searching for the best senior care options available to meet your needs. When our experienced team at Havenwood Heritage Heights first begins working with families, we like to explain that skilled nursing simply refers to a type of medical care service that is offered to seniors. However, if your doctor recommends skilled nursing care, it does not necessarily mean that you need to make the move to a long-term care facility in Concord.

What is Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nursing care is a higher level of medical care that is provided by trained medical staff, including registered nurses (RNs) and occupational, speech or physical therapists. Depending on the needs of the individual patient, skilled nursing care services may only be necessary for short term rehabilitation after an illness or injury, or they may be necessary on a long-term basis for those who require frequent care or 24-hour care due to a chronic condition.

In some cases, seniors may choose to receive skilled nursing care services in the home. If prescribed by their doctor, short-term skilled nursing care services may be provided by Medicare, certain private health insurance policies, VA benefits and other long-term care insurance policies. This is often a good option for seniors who need extra, skilled medical care but wish to stay in the comfort of their own home instead of an extended hospital or rehabilitation stay.

What is Long Term Care?

Skilled nursing care is also available in a variety of long-term care environments like our very own independent living retirement community. For seniors with health concerns that require additional assistance beyond what can be provided in the home or for those who want the added level of protection that 24-hour medical care services provide, long term care is an ideal option. Assisted living facilities are a great way to make sure seniors have access to a wide range of services, while still maintaining their preferred level of independence.

Long-term care facilities can also provide a number of different care levels, depending on the needs of their community members. Most often, residents will have a care plan that is created, overseen and regularly reviewed by medical staff on-site. Additionally, most long term care communities also provide some sort of security, and access to 24-hour nursing staff. However, it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of most long-term care retirement communities is to provide support and supervision as needed, not 24/7 skilled nursing care.

Interested in Learning More About Our Concord Continuing Care Retirement Community?

Whether you’re interested in finding a great independent living community for a loved one or you’re in need of access to long term care and assisted living services yourself, the team at Havenwood Heritage Heights is always available to answer your questions. From short-term rehabilitation care to long-term skilled nursing care and memory care services at Melody Lane, we are happy to support seniors and their families in the greater Concord, NH area.

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, there are a wide range of assistance levels available to suit the many needs of the residents in our community. As an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community in Concord, we’re dedicated to providing the best in quality senior care in the area. If you are interested in learning more about our long-term care options, contact us today for a consultation or to schedule a tour.