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Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing locations (also called Nursing Homes or Rehabilitation Centers) are a form of senior care designed to provide specialized and individualized physical, mental, and medical care for seniors.  Unlike Assisted Living or Memory Care, Skilled Nursing is designed specifically to restore the physical, mental, and emotional health of the individual.  Skilled Nursing services often include physical therapy, occupational/speech therapy, medication management, and general rehabilitation.

Skilled Nursing Overview

Skilled Nursing provides a high level of assistance with the tasks associated with everyday living, depending on the health of the individual.  Skilled Nursing is specifically for seniors who are in need of rehabilitation, either short-term or long-term.  Given the common limitations of health related issues, most Skilled Nursing locations don’t offer a wide variety of activities and events for patients.

Skilled Nursing locations usually offer personal services on a regular basis, including laundry, meal preparation, etc.  The best reason to consider Skilled Nursing is the level of medical care that patients receive, something unmatched by Assisted Living or Memory Care locations.  A patient’s personal freedom is heavily dependent upon the condition of the individual, but generally speaking, more limited than Assisted LivingMemory Care, or Independent Living.

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How much does it cost?

Medicare Part A coverage   |   $6,750/month average

The cost of Skilled Nursing varies greatly from location to location.  Medicare Part A covers all necessary aspects of staying in a Skilled Nursing location, such as a room, meals, care, physical therapy, medications, etc.  Medicare covers most Skilled Nursing locations for a limited time if certain conditions are met.  Read more about Medicare coverage by clicking here.  Outside of Medicare coverage, Skilled Nursing is the most expensive senior care option available due to the high level of medical attention required.  Costs generally range between $5,000 and $8,000 per month for a single occupancy room in a Skilled Nursing location.  The national average cost in 2012 (according to was just over $6,750 per month.

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