Skilled nursing facilities, commonly known as nursing homes, are centers for short- and/or long-term care which are licensed, regulated, and inspected by the State of Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment. As a rule, skilled nursing facilities have nurses staffed around the clock, with a minimum of one registered nurse.
Short-term care, also known as short-term rehab or sub-acute care, is a temporary stay offered to people who need 24/7 nursing care following a hospitalization due to a traumatic event, such as a major fall or a stroke. Residents will stay in a short-term rehab wing for about a month, at which point the goal is to discharge the patient to their home. If the resident’s condition continues to necessitate 24/7 skilled nursing, a long-term care facility may be the best option for discharge.
Long-term care serves residents with chronic conditions that require ongoing 24/7 nursing care, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, congestive heart failure, COPD, and osteoporosis. In addition to medical care, skilled nursing facilities, both long- and short-term aid residents with activities of daily living. One major difference between short- and long-term care is that short-term skilled nursing aims to discharge residents back to their previous home environment, while a long-term care facilities becomes the home of the resident due to their need for care.
While many skilled nursing facilities in Colorado are focused on short-term rehab while still admitting long-term residents, others, such as Aspen Siesta, solely provide long-term care, allowing them to focus on creating a home-like atmosphere with much lower resident turnover. If you have any questions about long-term care or skilled nursing, give us a call at303.757.1209. We would be honored to help.