At some point in many people’s lives they will need care beyond a hospital stay, and home may not be the best place to receive that care. This may include the need for rehabilitation in the form of occupational or physical therapy, further intravenous medications, wound care, or any combination of these. This is where skilled nursing facilities fill that need.
When recommended during a hospital stay, they provide the further care you need to help transition you back home safely and to allow for the best possible health outcome.Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, are bridges that lead from the hospital to home.
Statistics show that the risk of readmission to a hospital is less when skilled nursing facilities are used when recommended by your doctor during your initial hospital stay.
How do you know which facilities to entrust your care to?
There are many online rating systems available to you. The best way to find out is to ask your primary care physician. Our Ohio Medical Group primary care physicians only choose high-quality skilled nursing facilities to see their patients at.
If you have further questions about skilled nursing facilities, do not hesitate to contact your Ohio Medical Group physician.
About the author: Dr. Patel's special interests include: Geriatric medicine, Diabetes, hypertension and care of patients in nursing facility. Dr. Patel is the Medical Director at Elmcroft of Lorain and a Physician Advisor at Keystone Pointe Health and Rehabilitation in LaGrange, Ohio.