Do I need skilled nursing?

July 6, 2020

At Corso Atlanta, we offer our residents a variety of care options including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Our nurses conduct wellness assessments to create customized care plans for each resident. While our caregivers do not provide skilled care, we have developed strategic healthcare partnerships with home health and hospice to address many of these needs. In this week’s blog, we are explaining what skilled nursing is and when someone may need it.


What is skilled nursing?


According to, skilled nursing care can only be performed under the supervision of professionals or technical personnel. It’s defined as the medical care given to treat, manage, and observe a medical condition. Services normally covered by skilled nursing include wound care; intravenous (IV) therapy; injections; catheter care; physical, occupational, and speech therapies; and monitoring of vital signs and medical equipment. Home health agencies and hospice provide most of these care services on a daily or weekly basis.



What is a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)?


Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) or nursing homes provide a clinical setting licensed to provide 24/7 specialized care. Nursing homes provide short term care for patients needing rehab or recovering from an injury and long term care for residents with serious chronic conditions. These settings are focused on providing medical care and offer little to no social activities or amenities.


Who needs skilled nursing?


According to, people who have recently had a stroke, are recovering from surgery, have an open wound or traumatic injury, have a catheter, or need intravenous therapies or injections require skilled nursing services. While someone may need skilled nursing services, they most likely do not need to live in an SNF. In most cases, residents can receive these services in their assisted living community.


People recovering from a traumatic injury or serious illness that requires advanced clinical treatment may need to live in an SNF in order to receive complete, around-the-clock medical care. These patients may need temporary or long-term care administered by medical doctors and nurses. A full wellness assessment is needed to best determine the appropriate level of care to best meet individual needs.


Can I receive skilled nursing at Corso Atlanta? 


Our adaptive care model enables residents to live independently or with assisted living care services without moving to a new residence. If a resident needs skilled nursing services, home health and hospice providers can come to you to accommodate most skilled care needs and are covered by Medicare Part A. Our Wellness and Resident Care Directors will work with you to complete an individualized care plan that is updated as your needs change.


In addition to access to an array of care services, residents at all levels of independence have access to many health, wellness, and social activities specifically geared toward seniors. If you’d like to learn more about assisted living, independent living, memory care, or any of the many programs, amenities, and activities we offer, please contact Corso Atlanta at any of our convenient locations for more information. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for updates and to check back often for new blogs.

Corso Atlanta is an equal housing opportunity. In support of and compliance with the Fair Housing Act, Corso Atlanta does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or any other specific classes protected by applicable laws.

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