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Skilled Nursing Facility Resources

A Nursing Home, or Skilled Nursing Facility, is a place where someone with an acute illness, injury, disease or condition can go for care. Skilled Nursing Facilities are usually the last alternative for long-term care, but a less expensive option then a hospital for skilled care.

Some of the services provided in a Skilled Nursing Facility include: skilled nursing care, physical therapy, or speech-language therapy, and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) & Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).

Nursing Home Care is only covered by Medicare if the person is admitted directly from a hospital, and then only for the first 100 consecutive days of care. Medicaid coverage varies state by state. Most Long Term Care Insurance policies will cover some portion of Skilled Nursing Facility Care.

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Skilled Nursing Facility Glossary:

Activities of Daily Living

A person’s daily activities, which include bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, socialization, taking medications, getting in and out of a bed, movement, and any other personal care activities.
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Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

A person’s daily activities not essential for fundamental functioning, but related to the level of their independent living, which include shopping, meal preparation, managing money, house cleaning, and using the telephone.
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Long-term Care Insurance

An insurance policy that covers long-term care expenses at home or in a facility (other than an acute care unit of a hospital). Neither Medicare nor Medicare supplemental insurance cover these expenses.
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Medicaid

A federally and state funded health insurance program for eligible low income people; pays for all or part of the cost of certain medical services & long-term care.
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Medicare

A federally funded health insurance program for eligible people 65 and older and some disabled individuals. Part A covers hospital costs. Part B covers doctor bills and other medical costs.
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Physical Therapy

Treatment of the impairment of motor function through exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, or mechanical devices to improve physical mobility.
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Skilled Nursing Care

Care that can only be provided by a licensed Registered Nurse (RN).
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Speech-language Therapy

Treatment of speech, language, and hearing problems.
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