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When a Loved One Needs a Skilled Nursing Facility
Tips for a successful stay for the patient, visitor and caregiver

by Trish Hughes Kreis

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Communicate with the patient and their family
Communication is essential to giving good, quality care. The family needs to be kept informed about treatment, physical therapy, medication changes and discharge plans. The administrator adds, “We need families to help with the transition to our facility and the transition back home.” There cannot be too much communication. If the SNF doctor is too busy to talk to the family directly, someone should be appointed to be the person relaying information. Calls need to be returned in a timely manner. Ongoing communication during the patient’s stay will improve the care of the patient, speed up recovery time and make for a smooth transition out of the facility.

All aspects of the patient’s care are integrated and, if handled effectively, will speed recovery. The skilled nursing facility administrator says, “I always emphasize the partnership aspect for the care of the resident. It only works when we have a supportive family, a family that will be by the resident’s side during therapy, meals and care meetings.” These tips are just a few of the ways to help that process along.


Trish Hughes Kreis is a freelance writer, full-time legal administrator, mom to three wonderful children and wife to one understanding husband. Trish coordinates the care of her youngest brother, Robert, and has managed to persistently slog through the maze of social services and government programs available to help her brother.


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