A skilled nursing facility (SNF) provides round-the-clock and highly attentive care to seniors who have left the hospital after being treated for or recovering from serious illness, surgery, or injury. Registered nurses (RNs) or other trained, licensed professionals provide medical care under the supervision of a doctor. These facilities help patients recover and restore body function so as to return to normal activities and live as independently as possible.
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Based on the proper health assessment of your loved one, comprehensive healthcare may be provided in areas such as:
Custodial care: A SNF assists the residents with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming themselves.
Nutrition therapy: It focuses on the speedy recovery of patients by providing them with healthy and nutritious food that addresses their personal dietary needs.
Cardiac care: Specialized support for older and sicker patients recovering from cardiac conditions or procedures including heart attack, heart surgery, and high blood pressure.
Post-stroke recovery: Patients recovering from a stroke can expect specific care to help them restore mobility, improve speech and swallowing, and relearn skills essential to perform daily tasks.
Physical therapy programs: It helps patients, whether on a short-term or long-term basis, rehabilitate after an injury, illness, or medical event. For instance, it assists patients in gaining strength and function of limbs weakened by a stroke.
Speech therapy: Patients recovering from stroke and other diagnoses that affect thought, memory, and speech, are suggested in an SNF.
Pulmonary rehabilitation: Patients suffering from lung conditions are offered assistance in managing their symptoms, improving their lung function, and achieving the highest possible independence level.
Daily personal care assistance
In an SNF, seniors are provided assistance in daily activities, including bathing, grooming, dressing, taking care of personal hygiene, walking, or transferring into and out of bed as necessary. In some cases, cognitive changes — such as memory loss, can make it tough for some seniors to get into a steady habit of grooming or hygiene.
Seniors suffering from depression or loneliness can easily give up on tasks requiring a lot of time and effort. Some may even have anxieties about slipping and falling in the bathroom. A trained caregiver knows how to give support and hands-on help to get the seniors back into the swing of bathing or dressing.
Since patients move inside the premises of an SNF throughout the day, safety is a primary concern for many. Every day, patients interact with staff, fellow residents, and the medical equipment in the facility. Seniors suffering from various medical issues put them at a higher risk of becoming injured.
Your loved one could be at risk of harm if the SNF does not provide wheelchairs, bed rails, bed lifts, or bathing lifts, among other things. Due to their older age, seniors also tend to forget important medications to manage chronic health conditions. If these medications are taken without proper consultation, it could cause negative side effects.
About Cornerstone at the Ranch
Cornerstone at the Ranch is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Lafayette, Louisiana, that provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy, 24-hour skilled nursing, dietary services, and social services. Our nurses and team’s quality and loving care is our biggest strength and the reason behind the quick recovery of our residents.