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What Is the Average Length of Stay in Skilled Nursing Care?

Caregiver taking a patient's hands while discussing length of stay in skilled nursing care

Growing older impacts everyone differently, and it isn’t always possible to foresee situations, such as an accident or sudden illness, that will require specialized care. Even when you can anticipate the need for assistance, as with a planned surgery, it is crucial to understand the different levels of care available and what to expect from each. For instance, you might wonder about the length of stay in skilled nursing care and included services.

Senior skilled nursing care provides a diverse range of highly individualized care designed to meet each person’s unique needs. It can be short- or long-term, depending upon the circumstances. Either way, it offers access to around-the-clock supervision from experienced, highly trained professionals who understand the unique needs of the senior population.

As the premier senior living community in Austin, TX, Buckner Villas offers a complete continuum of care for as long as a person needs it. Call 512.580.9882 to learn more about our senior skilled nursing care program.

When Is Senior Care Skilled Nursing Necessary?

Short-term senior skilled nursing care is typically necessary after an illness or injury that is expected to improve but requires rehabilitative services to reach a recovery goal. Long-term skilled nursing care is ideal for seniors with chronic, progressive, or complex medical conditions that make independent living challenging or unsustainable.

Common reasons for seeking senior care skilled nursing at either level may include the following:

  • Treatment for injuries following a fall or other accident
  • Rehabilitation following an injury, surgery, or acute illness
  • Health conditions that require specialized medical care
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Mental or behavioral health issues
  • Inability to manage activities of daily living
  • Multiple falls
  • Mobility issues

Whether short- or long-term, senior care skilled nursing provides around-the-clock supervision and access to care, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Medication management
  • Assistance with ADLs
  • Pain relief
  • Transportation services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Case management services

Senior care skilled nursing affords clients and their families the peace of mind of knowing that they are in a safe and secure yet comfortable, home-like environment where they receive personalized, professional care. This level of care also provides socialization and peer connectedness essential to staving off isolation and loneliness.

Senior Skilled Nursing Length of Stay

For short-term senior skilled nursing care, the length of stay largely depends on insurance, the level of care needed, and treatment progress. On average, the duration of stay is between 20 and 38 days.

The length of stay in long-term skilled nursing care tends to be indefinite. That said, it is essential to recognize that needing long-term skilled nursing care does not automatically mean a person cannot function independently and maintain their autonomy and freedom. It may mean that they require medical treatment that is unavailable outside a skilled nursing care setting.

Learn More About The Campbell Center at Buckner Villas

Buckner Villas is the premier choice for senior living communities in Austin, Texas. In addition to senior skilled nursing care, our 25-acre Tuscan-style community offers the entire continuum of care for seniors, including:

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Memory care
  • Respite care

Our Campbell Center is known for providing the highest quality skilled nursing care for short- and long-term residents in a home-like setting. Residents of the Campbell Center have access to a vast array of services and amenities, including the following:

  • 24-hour care
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Three chef-prepared meals daily
  • Private rooms with private bathrooms and showers
  • Personal wellness programs
  • Pet therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Wi-fi and cable TV
  • Chaplaincy services
  • Community dining and living spaces

Residents of The Campbell Center receive care catered to their individual needs, with the utmost attention to detail. In senior skilled nursing care at Buckner Villas, our treatment team does more than just provide medical care. We strive to build relationships with residents and their family members.

Contact Buckner Villas Today for Senior Skilled Nursing Care

At Buckner Villas, seniors can enjoy life-enriching experiences and various amenities and services to promote overall health and well-being at all levels of care without the worries associated with home maintenance and upkeep. Contact us at 512.580.9882 to schedule a tour and learn more about our senior skilled nursing care program.