What is skilled care?
What is skilled care?
Skilled nursing care refers to a patient’s need for care or treatment that can only be performed by licensed nurses: registered nurse (RN) and/or licensed practical nurse (LPN). Skilled care includes wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, injections and vital signs monitoring.
We provide Medicare-certified (intermittent care) and private skilled care (short-term and long-term care) to adults and seniors in Broward, Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Broward County services are accredited by The Joint Commission. Services in Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties have been accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
Observation & Assessment
Our skilled care team assesses, observes, and intervenes to avoid complications. They also evaluate modification of treatment, if necessary, as well as initiate additional medical procedures until the patient’s condition stabilizes. This is particularly useful for newly-diagnosed patients, patients being discharged after a prolonged hospitalization, or those with a chronic condition(s) and a high potential for exacerbation.
Instruction & Guidance
Patients may be so overwhelmed, it can prevent them from retaining little of the medical information communicated to them. Our role is to translate medical information into a language the patient can understand and recall and in that, educate them on best practices for self-care management.
Our nurses safely performs procedures and task protocols routinely done in a hospital (i.e., vital signs and glucose monitoring, catheter care, wound care) and may teach certain tasks to caregivers, if necessary.
Management & Evaluation
We provide focus to ensure patient, caregiver and/or family continues to adhere to the MD’s plan of care, which when successfully implemented and modified, promotes a safe recovery at home. This service focuses on the MD’s treatment regimen rather than assessment of the patient’s physical condition.
Less Stress. Better Health.
What better place to recover from illness or surgery than at home surrounded by family and everything you know and love.
Our administrators will work closely with your physician to give you the best care. Our skilled care team is extraordinary in providing superior clinical care with compassion.
Home health care provides necessary clinical care to an individual in their home. It refers to clinical services and support provided intermittently for those challenged by illness, age, disability; or those who are recovering from surgery, or an injury.
For Medicare recipients, a physician must certify that an individual needs home health care, medically necessary services to treat, rehabilitate, sustain or restore home-bound adults and seniors to their optimal health and in the setting where they feel most comfortable.
This includes skilled nursing, disease management, physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Original Medicare Part A typically covers home care services at 100 percent, provided the services are ordered by your surgeon, are performed by skilled professionals and are medically necessary. In addition, the patient must be essentially “homebound,” meaning that it is difficult for the patient to perform activities outside the home, except to go to doctor’s appointments.
Medicare enrollees may be eligible for skilled nursing care, disease management and in-home therapy as prescribed by a physician.
Most insurance plans provide some coverage for home care services. But plans, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses will vary. These plans generally follow the same rules as Medicare regarding payment for long-term care services. If they do cover long-term care services, it is typically only for skilled, short-term, medically necessary care.
Like Medicare, the skilled nursing stay must follow a recent hospitalization for the same or related condition and is limited to 100 days. Coverage of home care is also limited to medically necessary skilled care. Most forms of private insurance do not cover custodial or personal care services at all. Your plan may help you pay for some of the copayments or deductibles. It is best to contact your home care provider of choice prior to your surgery to see if it is in-network with your insurance company. You will also want to contact your insurance company to determine if any pre-authorization is required for home care services.
Short Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
Disability insurance may pay all or a portion of home health and home care services. It is best to contact your policy provider to determine your coverage.