Skilled nursing care is medical care provided by skilled and licensed health professionals such as registered nurses and physical, speech, and occupational therapists.

Skilled nursing care services may be utilized as short-term rehabilitation care for patients recovering from an illness or injury, or they may be necessary over the long term for individuals who need ongoing care due to a chronic medical condition.

Examples of skilled nursing care include:

  • Wound care
  • Intravenous therapy (IV)
  • Catheter care
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Monitoring of vital signs and medical equipment

Does Medicare Cover Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nursing care may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Benefits, or private health insurance. State Medicaid programs have different rules that determine when skilled nursing care is necessary and covered by Medicaid.

The patient is eligible for home health care coverage in certain circumstances after he or she spends at least three days in a hospital or have a Medicare-covered stay in a skilled nursing facility.

However, the patient still needs to meet certain eligibility requirements such as being entirely confined to his or her home and needing skilled care. Also, the person must receive home health services within 14 days of their hospital or skilled nursing facility discharge to receive home health care under Medicare coverage.

Skilled nursing care can be provided in a variety of senior care settings.

Skilled Nursing Care in the Home

Aging in place is something that many aging adults don’t want to give up, regardless of their deteriorating health condition. Today, more seniors are choosing to age in place than ever before, so home health has answered back by offering skilled nursing care services in clients’ homes. 

Home health care services enable a senior to receive effective medical treatment while staying at home and keeping their independence as long as possible.

Skilled Nursing Care in Assisted Living Facilities

Aging people who want to keep some level of independence but require support with activities of daily living (ADLs) may need to consider a move to an assisted living facility (ALF). Assisted living facilities provide different levels of care. However, if a resident’s care needs exceed the services provided by ALF, they must hire a home health care agency to come and provide additional services.

Devoted Guardians'
Response to COVID-19

Devoted Guardians is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus, COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the threat of the virus. As you know, this situation continues to develop rapidly as new cases are identified in our communities and our protocols will be adjusted as needed.

While most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing only fever and cough, a very small percentage of cases become severe and may progress particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. Because this is the primary population that Devoted Guardians serves, we understand your concerns and want to share with you how our organization is responding to the threat of COVID-19.

We are following updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) State Department of Health, local and county authorities, the Home Care Association of America and other agencies and resources. Our response and plans may adjust according to the recommendations from these organizations.