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What Is Skilled Nursing

May 23, 2013


Think of skilled nursing care as a bridge between an acute care hospitalization and going home.   When your condition no longer requires you to receive an acute level of care but you aren’t quite ready to manage for yourself at home, you may qualify for “skilled care”.

To qualify under the Medicare program, you must have a consecutive, 3 day, acute level hospital stay within 30 days of admission to skilled care.
You must need some form of skilled nursing or rehabilitation on a daily basis such as IV therapy, skin/wound care, sterile dressing changes, physical, occupational or speech therapy.

When your doctor determines you would benefit from skilled care, a referral will be made to the hospital of your choice which offers a skilled program.


If you would rather be Close to Home for skilled nursing services, have your physician contact the skilled nursing coordinator at BCMH.    You’ll find our rooms comfortable and spacious and our staff of professionals capable and caring.