Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities in Massachusetts

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility

A skilled nursing facility or nursing home provides care for those needing rehabilitation following a hospital stay, with a goal of enabling the patient to return home or to transition to a less-intensive level of care.

A skilled nursing facility or nursing home provides 24/7 care to its patients which can range from assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) in an intermediate care facility or on-going medical care (in an intermediate care facility).

For those for whom returning home isn’t an option, a skilled nursing facility provides long-term nursing care.

Skilled nursing facilities employ registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical or vocational nurses (LPNs or LVNs) who staff the facility 24 hours each day.  Skilled nursing facilities provide assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, and personal hygiene.  Meals are provided by a staff that (ideally) includes a nutritionist.

Skilled nursing facilities may also include or contract with outside vendors for the following services (which may incur charges in addition to the daily, weekly, or monthly room rate):

  • Physical, speech, or occupational therapies
  • Laundry services
  • Housekeeping
  • Dental services
  • Haircuts, manicures, and pedicures
  • Mental health services

If specialized medical staff or equipment is needed, some skilled nursing facilities may not be able to provide it in-house.  Check to be sure that the skilled nursing facility you are considering can meet your loved ones needs.

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Some examples are:

  • Respiratory therapy
  • Pain management
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Dialysis
  • Intravenous drug therapy
  • Alzheimer’s or dementia care

In addition to meeting patients medical care requirements, a skilled nursing home should have recreational, social, religious, and cultural activities available for a range of abilities.  The Recreation or Activities Director can provide you with a calendar of events.

Ask about the facility’s volunteer program and whether programs are held in the facility by outside groups and/or if transportation to outside events is part of the activities program.

A Skilled Nursing Home should be well-rounded in its ability to provide for whatever is needed to ensure the quality of life you want for your loved one, no matter how long the stay.

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