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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

    expand to learn moreWhat is "skilled care" and who decides when it is needed?

    expand to learn moreWho can help you understand your options?

    expand to learn moreWho will pay for skilled nursing care?

    expand to learn more Where do you start?

    expand to learn more What do you look for and what questions should you ask?

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

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

    expand to learn more How will you arrive at the skilled nursing facility?

    expand to learn more What should you bring?

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

    expand to learn more What care can you expect at the skilled nursing facility?

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

    expand to learn more Where can you find other resources on skilled nursing facilities?