A Skilled Nursing Community is another name for Nursing Home or Skilled Care Facility. It is the highest level of care for older adults, and those rehabilitating from an injury or illness, outside of a hospital. Skilled Nursing Communities provide both skilled and custodial levels of care. Skilled Nursing care can be short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay, typically paid for by insurance, and custodial care is long-term housing and care which is typically paid for privately or by long-term care insurance. A licensed physician supervises each patient’s care, along with the nursing team, who work 24 hours a day. One of many differences between Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living is that in Skilled Nursing, licensed nurses are on-site providing direct care to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Assisted Living communities are only required to have licensed nurses on-site 8 hours per week for every 30 residents. In skilled nursing, there are many other professional services available in house, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, x-ray, laboratory, wound specialists, psychiatrists and more.

Cottages of Lake St. Louis’ Green House model for those needing skilled nursing for rehabilitation or skilled long-term care is new to the area, but has an amazing positive and proven reputation for better health outcomes, and resident and resident family satisfaction based on a decade of research. You can learn more at www.TheGreenHouseProject.org.