Skilled care is nursing and therapy care that can only be safely and effectively performed by or under the supervision of professionals or technical personnel its health care given when you need skilled nursing or skilled therapy to treat manage and observe your condition and evaluate your care. What are skilled nursing facilities when released from the hospital a patient transfers to the skilled nursing home to receive hands on care from nurses if a patient needs rehabilitation like physical of speech therapy a patient receives the services until theyre able to go home skilled nursing facilities provide care for patients . The difference between skilled nursing and nursing home care last whereas in a skilled nursing facility any of the following can provide care registered nurses rns speech pathologists the end state for a skilled nursing facility is for the patient to return home a nursing home on the other hand is classified as custodial care . By providing professional compassionate care appropriate nutrition exercise social stimulation and controlled medication skilled nursing care centers often help a person stabilize and become their old self again. Skilled nursing facilities are sometimes called post acute rehabilitation centers but the rules for a stay in an acute care rehabilitation center or inpatient rehab facility irf are different for more information see our article on medicare coverage of inpatient rehab facility stays
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