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Skilled Nursing Care

Bishop Drumm Care Center is certified by Medicare as a Skilled Nursing Facility. Skilled care is health care given when a person needs nursing or rehabilitation staff to treat, manage, observe and evaluate care that are too complex or serious for home care or an assisted living setting.

Medicare will only cover skilled care when certain conditions are met. Medicare does not cover custodial care. Examples of skilled care are changing sterile dressings and physical therapy.

Medicare will cover certain services needed on a short-term basis (up to 100 days) within a benefit period.

Custodial care is care that helps you with usual daily activities like walking, eating or bathing. Generally, skilled care is available only for a short time after a hospitalization. Custodial care may be needed for a much longer period of time.

Skilled nursing care facilities are most appropriate for the very sickest of patients. In addition to medical care by licensed health care providers, patients in skilled nursing care facilities can receive almost any kind of rehabilitative therapy. Services will vary in skilled nursing care facilities, but generally the following services are provided:

  • Medical treatment prescribed by a doctor
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Assistance with personal care activities such as eating, walking, bathing and using the toilet (custodial care)
  • Case management
  • Social services

To qualify for coverage in a skilled nursing care facility, your doctor must decide that you need daily skilled medical care.

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