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What you need to know about skilled nursing facility care

  • General information

    Members of your health care team want to help make sure that you and your family get the right care and support when your hospital stay ends. Planning ahead is an important part of making this happen.

    Hospitals specialize in care that requires doctors to manage an illness or injury every day. When you no longer need this type of care, planning starts for the rest of your recovery.

    Together, you and your health care team may decide the best place to receive care after your hospital stay is in a skilled nursing facility.

    This is a good sign that your health has improved and you no longer need to stay in the hospital.

    Transferring your care to another facility may be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. You need to know what your options are for your care. You also need to be involved in these decisions.

    Once you no longer need hospital care, the transfer to a skilled nursing facility can happen quickly. You will have the information and help you need to be prepared to make this change as smooth as possible.

  • Questions and answers

    What is "skilled care" and who decides when it is needed?

    Who can help you understand your options?

    Who will pay for skilled nursing care?

    Where do you start?

    What do you look for and what questions should you ask?

    Who participates in the final decision of where to get skilled care?

    Once you've chosen a facility, and a bed is available, what are the next steps?

    How will you arrive at the skilled nursing facility?

    What should you bring?

    What feelings may you have about the decision to transfer to a skilled nursing facility?

    What care can you expect at the skilled nursing facility?

    What feelings do family members have with a decision to use a skilled nursing facility?

    Where can you find other resources on skilled nursing facilities?