Skilled Nursing Care

Published: | Updated: November 11, 2017

Definition - What does Skilled Nursing Care mean?

Skilled nursing care is a medical service that must be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed practical or registered nurse. It can involve:

  • Round-the-clock supervision
  • Dosing and administering medication
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Tube feeding
  • Changing bandages and dressing
  • Minor surgery

Insuranceopedia explains Skilled Nursing Care

Skilled nursing care is administered to patients in hospitals or in nursing care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes. These are licensed facilities inspected and regulated by the state Department of Health Services.

Skilled nursing care is either short-term or long-term. Short-term can care can help patients recover from acute conditions, while long-term care can help them cope with persistent health issues, such as age-related illnesses or Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia


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