Skilled Nursing Care
Now that you or your family member have been discharged from the hospital to our center, it is important to explain some of the essential differences between the care received in an acute hospital and a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility. In an acute hospital, a patient’s acuity (severity of medical problems) is much higher. Therefore, it’s assumed that you were more medically stable upon discharge from the hospital than when you entered it, and your physician felt you were well enough to be discharged to our facility.
If you’re joining us for skilled nursing care, this means that you may still have multiple medical problems that can be managed at the level of care that we can provide while you begin rehabilitation and work toward discharge and functional goals. It is important to recognize that, unlike in an acute hospital, a physician will not be visiting you daily (a visit called “rounds”) as they did while you were more ill in an acute hospital.
The physician assigned to you at Family of Caring at Ridgewood is required to see you within 72 hours of admission to complete a history and physical. On average, the doctor may be present in our building 2-3 times per week to admit other residents and tend to certain patients’ needs. With this less frequent physician presence, the nursing staff becomes the primary link and communication between you and the physician.
Our skilled nursing care services include:
- IV therapy
- Nutritional diabetic counseling
- Wound care management
- Urology/ostomy care
- Orthopedic care
- Individual piped-in oxygen/vacuum therapy
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Stroke care
- Respiratory services/tracheostomy care
- Oncology care
- Pre-discharge education training
- Pain management
- Please inquire about additional services available
- Post-surgical rehabilitation