Post-acute care and skilled nursing are terms often used interchangeably but they are not the same. Both share the goal of helping patients regain ability and autonomy after injury or trauma. In fact, skilled nursing facilities are a key part of post-acute patient care. So let’s clear up any confusion and answer the question, post-acute care vs. skilled nursing, what’s the difference?
Post-acute care covers patients during the short term after a hospital stay. A patient in a post-acute care center is typically too stable to be admitted to the hospital but not stable enough to be discharged home. These patients usually require follow-up services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, intravenous therapy, wound care, etc. Depending on the type of injury or trauma, treatment required, and insurance coverage, patients can stay for days or several weeks, as long as necessary for recovery. An exception to this is hospice care for patients whose comfort is managed until they pass.
Just as treatment plans vary by case, so do the locations where care is given.
Skilled nursing is a key part of post-acute care. Skilled nursing care is short-term care focused on helping patients regain the ability to resume the activities of daily living after an illness, injury, or procedure. Skilled nursing care can be offered in flexible locations depending on the patient’s needs. A physician must order these services and they are carried out by qualified professionals. Skilled nursing care can include administering medications and using medical equipment, so it must be provided by a licensed health professional.
So as you can see, there isn’t a significant difference in post-acute care versus skilled nursing because skilled nursing is just a subset of post-acute care. Both types of care are vital to our healthcare system. Both services provide respite from hospital overcrowding as well as complete care for patients by decreasing their risk of readmission.
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