About Skilled Nursing-Level Care
When a patient is well enough to leave the hospital, he or she might not be quite ready to recuperate at home. In this case, we can help patients transition to a skilled nursing facility. Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) provide short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay as well as long-term care for patients needing that level of support.
See a list of our preferred facilities below.
Patients remain under the care of a physician, licensed nurses, physical (PT), occupational (OT), and speech therapists. Families and patients choose skilled nursing facilities when they need around-the-clock nursing care, close supervision, and assistance with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, personal hygiene, medications, getting in and out of bed, and incontinence care.
Skilled nursing facilities should promote autonomy and choice, and offer a variety of services, social activities and even recreational opportunities. SNF’s may also be able to provide palliative and hospice care for those needing it.
Our Skilled Nursing Facility (SNFist) Program
At UC San Diego Health, it is our goal to help patients transition from the hospital setting to other types of care. For patients transferring to certain skilled nursing facilities, our UC San Diego Health physicians may be able to provide ongoing medical care. Our SNFist team works closely with these local facilities who offer short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay and long-term care as well.
For patients eligible for this program, our physicians will:
- Meet with patients and families to assess the patient’s condition in the skilled nursing facility
- Access UC San Diego Health patient charts to review discharge summaries, lab and other test results, make follow-up appointments with providers, and initiate care with other UC San Diego Health clinicians for a smooth transition from the hospital setting
- Visit patients 1-3 times per week or as needed
- Coordinate services to support patients and family members such as education about good health habits, medications, and safe home exercises and equipment
Please speak to your discharging case manager for more information or call the SNFist program directly.
Preferred Skilled Nursing Facilities
Before selecting a skilled nursing facility, we recommend patients conduct their own research by taking facility tours, checking public reports about the facilities, and talking with family and friends. Our case management staff can provide more information and help you in this process.
The following is a list of UC San Diego Health Preferred Provider Skilled Nursing Facilities. Visit Nursing Home Compare for more information and ratings on these and other facilities.