Qualified Nursing – SecondAct


Whether accommodation and services are provided in a stand-alone skilled nursing facility or in a designated area of ​​a community life plan, skilled nursing care is designed for individuals who require full-time care or support. ‘assistance with most, if not all, activities of daily living. Qualified nursing units are licensed and provide 24/7 medical care by qualified medical personnel, such as a registered nurse or therapist. They may also provide rehabilitation services, memory support services and other types of specialized care. They are usually Medicare / Medicaid certified, and the monthly fee includes meals, personal assistance, and most medical services (except medications). Skilled nursing communities can also be referred to as skilled nursing institutions.

What are the communities of skilled nurses like?

The communities of qualified nurses are generally autonomous communities. Some Life Plan communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities) may offer qualified nursing care as part of their campus. These communities typically offer a combination of short-term rehabilitative care and what is often referred to as long-term care.

What is short-term rehabilitation care?

If you are recovering from surgery, need physical therapy, or have other short-term medical needs, a community of trained nurses can usually help. Medicare can cover a large part of the stay in the beginning, with Medicare coverage diminishing as the days go by. It is important that you consult not only your doctors, but also professionals who understand how to navigate the complexity of Medicare reimbursement so that you can access what is rightfully owed to you in paying for your rehabilitation.

What is long term care?

If your needs are of a more permanent nature, such as permanent disability, severe chronic pain, or health issues, 24/7 monitoring is required or you are facing a cognitive impairment such as advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, you may need term care. Medicaid can pay for some of this long-term care for the poorest seniors. Waiting lists can be long and because care is paid for by limited government funds, services beyond basic services may not be available in all communities. We encourage you to consult with a geriatric care manager and an elder law lawyer. We also encourage you to visit the community you or your loved one may be thinking of in addition to speaking with professionals, so you can assess what is right for you.


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