Skilled Nursing Facilities Vs. Impatient Rehab Care

One of the most asked questions we get is what’s the difference between skilled nursing facilities and impatient rehab care? To an outsider of this industry all your options for placement and rehabilitation needs can become overwhelming. So, we compiled a breakdown of what each option offers you. 

Remember at the end of the day, this is a personal decision that no one else can make for you. The true differences are skilled nursing facilities offer a home like setting for rehabilitation rather than staying in a hospital environment, they provide individualized treatment plans rather than group therapy and are covered by different payor sources. 

Top Considerations Skilled Nursing Facility Inpatient Rehab Care
Disciplines Provided
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Program intensity
1 to 2 ½ hours of daily individual therapy treatment
At least 3 hours of daily therapy; including group therapy
Average length of stay
14 to 60 days
10 to 35 days
Access to physicians
Physician visits 1 to 3 times a week; NP or PA 1-3 times a week; however, depending on the patients needs they can be seen more
Daily physician visits
RN, LVNs, CNAs, CMAs-specialize in Rehabilitative Care
Registered nurses who specialize in rehabilitative care
Costs and Medicare coverage
Uses the Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Benefits when using your Medicare Part A, Other Medicare replacement plans may have different benefits
Uses the Medicare Part A Acute Days. May be partially covered, depending on facility; may require a deductible; Medicare Replacement plans may have different benefits
Treatment Days Per week
Up to 6 Days
Up to 6 Days

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