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Ep 52: Skilled Nursing Facilities vs. Nursing Homes: What You Need to Know

Skilled Nursing Facilities vs. Nursing Homes: What You Need to Know

Often skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and nursing homes are used interchangeably as many facilities offer both services, however, they are two separate things. With the negative stigma surrounding nursing homes, it is important to know the difference between the two and use proper terms when communicating with your patients and their families. That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, I am talking about the differences between skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes so you can better communicate the right care with your patients!

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In this episode, I cover:

  • The fundamental differences between SNFs and nursing homes come down to the reimbursement, type of services provided, and length of stay. 
  • Statistics on SNFs and nursing homes, including ownership, profit status, and services offered. 
  • Medicare and Medicaid’s role in funding these facilities and how this affects the services that patients receive. 
  • Practical tips on discussing care options with patients, alleviating common fears, and overcoming the stigmas associated with these facilities.

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