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What is the Difference Between Skilled Nursing Versus Rehabilitation Communities?

A skilled nursing community may be needed for many reasons including senior care and rehabilitation. These types of communities provide therapeutic services and have the specialized equipment needed for skilled nursing care for the long-term. Under the direction of an attending physician, seniors will be cared for by licensed nurses, specially trained health care aides and other health care professionals.

The programs offered through a skilled nursing community and rehab center differ in intensity. It’s important to consult with your doctor to learn about the types of therapies needed and how often the services will be needed.

Rehab centers are recommended by physicians when a patient needs to stay for the short-term with nursing and therapy services available for their recovery to home. This might occur following a stroke, pneumonia or broken bone.

Rehab centers offer both inpatient and outpatient care. Inpatient care allows the individual to focus solely on their therapy and recovery. The care is generally more intensive and often can help seniors meet recovery goals in a shorter amount of time and return home faster.

Outpatient rehabilitation includes care administered by all the same highly trained care professionals as inpatient rehab but allows seniors to return to the comfort of their own homes after rehab each day rather than staying at the community.

Services at Skilled Nursing Community.

One in four Medicare patients hospitalized for acute medical illness is discharged to a skilled nursing community. Compared with patients discharged to home after a hospital stay, those seniors discharged to skilled nursing communities are older, require more support for activities of daily living, need longer hospital stays and have more cognitive impairment.

What does a skilled nursing facility do? The services at a skilled nursing community may include orthopedic rehabilitation, social and psychological services, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The offerings and amenities at Mattoon are designed to foster independence and engagement. Residents will find it easy to make friends and will want to invite their family and loved ones to visit. Our beautiful setting has comfortable places to relax in and is perfect for conversations, game playing and reading. Meals are prepared using the freshest, healthiest ingredients and served in our lovely dining room. In addition to the finest treatment and therapy, days can be spent participating in stimulating activities, fitness programs, health educational classes and social events.

How Long Can a Person Stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Stays at rehab centers can range from 10 to 35 days while stays at skilled nursing care centers can be 24 to 60 days and long-term.

On average, seniors at a skilled nursing center receive therapies for one to two hours a day. They also receive extra support through personal care and get assistance with the (ADL) activities of daily living including eating, bathing and walking if needed.

Inpatient rehab patients typically receive health care at least 3 hours every day and support with ADL when they need it.

A wide range of professionals provide support at both types of communities including certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and therapists.

Customized Rehabilitation Support.

Mattoon stands ready to be your resource and care center for senior rehabilitation. How can we help you? Contact us for more information.