At-Home Skilled Nursing Care

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At-Home Skilled Nursing Services

Used within home health, palliative care, and hospice environments, skilled nursing can help improve quality of life by providing comfort measures such as pain management, symptom control, and end-of-life care. Your nursing team can also provide education for both the patient and family members or other caregivers.

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How Skilled Nurses Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Skilled nurses are an integral part of our care teams and also offer compassionate support to those facing terminal or life-limiting illnesses in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to providing vital medical services, your skilled nursing team will be your partner as you navigate a challenging part of life.

Through collaboration with you as a patient, family or caregivers, physicians, counselors, social workers, and other specialists, your skilled nurse will ensure you are comfortable and confident in your level of care.


The Role of Skilled Nurses

At Traditions, our team prides itself on expertise in all levels of home care, including ongoing home health care, palliative care, and hospice. Skilled nurses play a vital role in the care of all our patients.

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Home Health Nurses

Home health nurses provide a wide variety of services, from routine check-ups and wound care to pain management and symptom control. Our nurses work with the patient’s family or caregivers to ensure that each individual receives the best care possible in the comfort of their own home.

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Palliative Care Nurses

Palliative care nurses promote comfort and quality of life for patients with serious illnesses. Rather than prioritizing recovery or treatment, palliative care nurses work closely with the patient's care team to provide support, relieve symptoms such as pain and discomfort, and ensure quality medical care is maintained.

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Hospice Nurses

Hospice nurses are specially trained to provide end-of-life care for individuals facing terminal illnesses. They focus on creating a comfortable environment and providing emotional support, pain management, and other treatments as needed. In addition, hospice nurses work with the patient's family or caregivers to ensure that they are coping with their loved one’s condition.

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Benefits of In-Home Skilled Nursing Care

When provided in the home setting, skilled nursing can provide a great deal of comfort for patients and their families. The benefits include:

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    Increased patient autonomy. Patients are able to remain at home with their families and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
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    Greater continuity of care. Skilled nurses can provide consistent, high-quality care in the home environment, reducing trips to the hospital or doctor’s office.
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    Improved quality of life. Skilled nursing services such as pain management, symptom control, and end-of-life care can help to improve a patient's overall quality of life.
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    Reduced stress. Skilled home care nurses can help reduce stress and provide emotional support for patients and their families.


Our Commitment

Our skilled nurses are a vital part of your comprehensive Traditions Health care team. Whether you are seeking comfort during end-of-life care or pain management during the treatment of a major illness, we are to help you maintain the highest quality of life possible.



The decision to pursue home health care for yourself or a loved one can be confusing. We are here to help. If you have a question about our skilled nursing services that is not answered here, please contact us and a Traditions Health team member will be happy to assist you.

What Is Skilled Nursing?

Skilled nursing is a form of medical care that requires specialized training and knowledge. Skilled nurses must have specific skills and be licensed to provide certain treatments, such as intravenous therapy, wound care, and patient assessment. Skilled nursing can also include providing medication administration, teaching patients about disease management or self-care techniques, professional support services such as social work or physical therapy, and end-of-life care.

Who Can Provide Skilled Nursing Care?

Skilled nurses must have the appropriate qualifications and licensing to provide necessary patient care. This includes having an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as the appropriate licensing from their respective state Board of Nursing. In some cases, an advanced practice nurse or a physician may be needed for certain treatments.

Is Skilled Nursing Only Available in Specialized Facilities?

No. Skilled nursing can be performed in a variety of settings, including the home setting, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. At Traditions Health, our skilled home health nurses meet you where you are and can provide care in the comfort and convenience of your residence.

How Does a Patient Qualify for Skilled Nursing Care?

Typically, patients qualify for skilled nursing services if they meet certain criteria, such as having a serious or terminal illness like cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or congestive heart failure. Patients and their families should discuss the need for skilled nursing services with their doctor to determine if they qualify.

Does Medicare Cover Skilled Nursing Care at Home?

Yes. Medicare may cover skilled nursing care at home for those who qualify. The patient’s doctor must certify that the care is medically necessary and meets certain criteria.