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What is Skilled Nursing? Everything You Need to Know

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If you’ve never needed skilled nursing for yourself or a loved one, you may not know exactly what it means. Skilled nursing is complex, high-level medical care provided under the supervision of a medical team including experienced doctors, nurses, and specialists. Skilled nursing can include short- or long-term care in a hospital, rehabilitation center, or skilled nursing facility. Many skilled nursing facilities exist within senior living communities to offer a more well-rounded level of care.

Skilled nursing care can include any of the following:

  • Wound care
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • IV therapy
  • Management of chronic diseases, chronic illnesses, and debilitating conditions or disabilities

Short-term skilled nursing care is typically recommended when recovering from an injury, procedure, or surgery to build strength before returning to normal activities.

Benefits of Short-Term Skilled Nursing Care

It’s not uncommon for many seniors to want to return home immediately after a hospital stay, but there are many benefits to pursuing short-term skilled nursing care … also known as rehabilitation. The professional services, individualized attention, and insurance coverage are all reasons to seriously consider choosing short-term skilled nursing care for yourself or your loved one.

Here are some often overlooked additional benefits to opting for short-term skilled nursing care in a senior living community:

  • Reduced risk of rehospitalization. After being hospitalized for a serious injury or fall, there is always a risk of rehospitalization. Skilled nursing care can minimize this risk by helping you build back your strength before returning home.
  • Specialized interdisciplinary therapy. Many senior living communities offer short-term or long-term rehabilitative care that focuses on physical, occupational and speech therapies.
  • Around-the-clock care. You benefit from 24/7 care and support as needed.
  • Personalized care and assessments. You receive ongoing progress assessments and enjoy a personalized level of care that helps you thrive.
  • Dietary support. Diet is important when recovering from an injury or illness. You can maintain a healthy diet throughout your recovery journey with nutritious meals provided.

Skilled Nursing Care in a Full-Service Senior Living Community

Senior living communities with a full continuum of care (often referred to as “full-service” or “all-inclusive”) make it easy for residents to choose from independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing/rehab, based on their individual needs. These communities provide a wide range of services, amenities and activities that appeal to every level of living. Individuals with short- or long-term care needs can find the support they need all on one campus.

Long-term skilled nursing residents and short-term skilled nursing guests receive the same comfortable accommodations, assistance with activities of daily living, and targeted therapies aimed at improving quality of life.

At Signature Pointe, we offer around-the-clock skilled nursing care to ensure residents get the personal attention they need. Our skilled nursing team loves what they do and goes the extra mile to meet each person’s physical and emotional needs. In addition to skilled nursing care and therapies, we also provide:

  • 24/7 licensed nursing
  • RN on staff 24/7
  • On-staff physician consultation
  • Registered dietitian for meal planning
  • Licensed social worker for support
  • Assistance with bathing and grooming; plus dressing/undressing, morning and night
  • Resident safety checks and 24/7 emergency response call system

Our skilled nursing facility is ready to meet your needs by supporting you or your loved one with whatever assistance is needed.

Explore Skilled Nursing Care at Signature Pointe

At Signature Pointe, we understand that every resident in our skilled nursing care community is unique, so we offer individualized care to ensure they get exactly what they need. We’re here to talk to you and your loved one about short- or long-term skilled care needs.

If you’re looking for a skilled nursing facility in Dallas, Texas, contact us today to learn more about the skilled nursing care at Signature Pointe.