“Skilled Nursing” is a community that offers long-term or short-term stays. The care is provided by trained nurses in a medical setting under a doctor’s supervision. Whereas “assisted living” is the coordination of care, skilled nursing is the medical skilled care and treatments.
“Rehab” is the intention to “rehabilitate” back to the previous setting of home. Rehab is usually recommended by your physician after a surgery (like a hip or knee replacement) where you need additional therapy to return to your home. Rehab is also recommended after a hospital stay before you transition to home if the hospital stay required additional care and services that may not be available in your home setting.
In both “skilled nursing and rehab” settings, the community is the same. The units are usually very similar and the team providing services are the same. The difference is mostly due to the time in the setting and the payment structure. Medicare Part A provides inpatient hospital coverage. This is the portion of Medicare that will cover your skilled nursing and rehabilitation stay. This is short-term coverage and is covered at no cost to you for Days 1 – 20. Days 21 – 100 are covered at approximately 80% (coinsurance usually is used to cover the variance). To learn more about your Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit through Medicare Part A click here to be routed to Medicare.Gov. Medicaid and state funding sources may be available for your skilled nursing stay. Ask the community to learn more about funding options or visit our FAQ.