Skilled nursing
This is housing for seniors, formerly called nursing homes. In skilled nursing, there is 24 / 7 care (personal and skilled nursing) on a long-term and / or short-term basis. Residents receive a room, meals, recreational activities, assistance with activities of daily living, and protection / supervision. Skilled nursing is licensed by Minnesota and is required to follow both state and federal regulations.
Skilled nursing has trained professionals performing services that are needed temporarily due to an injury or illness:

  • a nurse attending to a post-operative wound or dispensing and monitoring intravenous medications

  • a physical therapist working with a resident to rectify strength and balance issues

  • a speech therapist assisting a resident in reclaiming their ability to communicate following a stroke

  • an occupational therapist helping a resident to become independent again, particularly when it comes to dressing, personal hygiene, and eating

Some skilled nursing accommodates seniors with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or respiratory ailments. Staff also provides custodial care that focuses on helping residents with activities of daily living, such as:

  • bathing and dressing

  • eating

  • incontinence

  • maneuvering in and out of bed and / or walking

  • personal hygiene

Not all skilled nursing residences offer these services. Families should visit several residences to find the one best suited to their loved one’s needs.

  • 24-hour security and staff availability

  • access to health and medical services

  • assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking

  • end-of-life or hospice care

  • laundry services

  • limited transportation

  • medication management

  • pharmaceutical, laboratory, and radiology services

  • private or semi-private room

  • respite care

  • social, educational, and recreational activities

  • three meals a day served in a common dining area

Paying for skilled nursing:

  • Medicaid (Medical Assistance)

  • Medicare

  • private health insurance

  • private pay

Nursing homes licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health are subject to periodic health and safety inspections for regulatory compliance. For more information, visit the Nursing Home Report Card website to view and compare the quality measure scores.