Short Term Skilled Nursing Care - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

Patients who can no longer care for themselves due to physical, emotional or mental conditions are cared for in short term skilled care. A physician supervises each patient's care, while licensed practical nurses, or LPNs and nursing assistants provide 24-hour care.

Skilled Nursing Care includes services of trained professionals that are needed for a limited period of time following an injury or illness:

  • Wound care, changing dressings after a major surgery, or administering and monitoring I.V. antibiotics for a severe infection.
  • Can no longer care for personal needs due to physical, emotional or mental problems.
  • A physical therapist helping to correct strength and balance problems that have made it difficult for a patient to walk or get on and off the bed, toilet or furniture.
  • A speech therapist helping a person regain the ability to communicate after a stroke.
  • An occupational therapist helping a person re-learn independent self-care in areas such as dressing, grooming and eating

Skilled Nursing Services include:

  • 24 hour/day nursing care
  • Respiratory Therapy Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Radiology & Imaging Services
  • Dietary Services, including nutritional assessment and counseling
  • Rehabilitation Services -physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Pharmacy Services (medications needed during the stay, as well as individualized medication counseling as needed)
  • Activities

What is required for consideration for admission?

  • Physician Referral
  • A 3-day stay in an acute care facility (hospital) within the past 30 days.
  • A member of the Medical Staff accepting the patient for skilled care
  • Bed availability
  • An anticipated stay of 7 to 10 days

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