Skilled nursing care is a type of care or treatment that can only be provided by licensed nurses. Centers that offer skilled nursing care, such as hospitals and nursing homes, are typically inspected, regulated, and certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For Medicare and Medicaid to cover the costs of skilled nursing care, patients must be referred to a CMS-certified facility for prescribed services. The facility will have a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case patients require emergency care.
Patients may be prescribed skilled nursing services if they’ve recently suffered a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, respiratory illness, or a significant decline in their mobility, mental function, or overall health. Licensed nursing staff can provide the therapies and support needed to help patients regain their independence or meet their personal health goals.
Certified nursing facilities employ licensed nursing professionals, such as:
- Registered nurses
- Licensed practical nurses
- Physical therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Medical directors
Services offered by these facilities often include:
- Convalescent care
- Wound care
- Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Vital sign monitoring
If you’re looking for the best in skilled nursing care, give us a call at Foothill Heights Care Center at (626) 798-1111. We are a CMS-certified facility helping patients to regain their independence and live their best lives.