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Benefits of Short-Term and Long-Term Skilled Nursing Services


Your loved one may eventually require skilled care or treatment that can only be performed by licensed nurses. Skilled nursing services are offered in a variety of locations, such as hospitals, assisted living communities, or even the patient’s home. Read on to learn about some of the benefits of short-term and long-term nursing care.

Short-Term Nursing Services

Short-term nursing service is a temporary form of care lasting from several weeks to a few months. An example of a situation that would require short-term care would be if a patient suffered from an injury or short illness. Short-term skilled nursing care tends to work towards a specific goal—for example, providing physical therapy after a fall to help the patient regain mobility and improve their health. Short-term care can also include helping a patient eat, bathe, dress, or use the bathroom while they recover.

Short-term nursing services generally begin in the hospital and continue when the patient returns home. Careage also provides the option of short-term skilled nursing care in our communities.

Long-Term Nursing Services

Long-term nursing service is an option for patients dealing with chronic illness or a sudden, serious health issue such as a heart attack or stroke. Additionally, long-term care services may be the best option for a loved one who is growing older and requires additional help with daily tasks. Services provided by long-term care can include helping with personal hygiene by bathing, dressing, and grooming, or providing mobility assistance by helping a patient move from a bed to a chair or from room to room. Long-term nursing services can be provided in a patient’s home or in an assisted living community.

While your loved one may not currently require long-term care, unexpected injuries or accidents can take you by surprise. It’s best to make plans for long-term care in advance so you aren’t overwhelmed with decisions during an already difficult time. Careage always ensures that our residents receive top-quality care, and if your loved one needs additional help with everyday tasks, we encourage you to seek long-term nursing services.


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