Discussing short-term care



Hello! What is “Short-term” care? To answer that, I need to start with the basic of what skilled nursing care is. It’s nursing care provided by licensed nurses, bed and board, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social services, medications, supplies, equipment, activities and other services necessary to the health of each patient.

Not everyone needs or will need skilled nursing care but it’s important to plan ahead so you know what to do and expect if you should ever need one.

Short-term care is defined as needing less than 100 days in a nursing center. A typical stay is different for everyone and depends on your needs. It’s designed to get you back to your prior level of functioning before your illness or surgery. Each short term patient has a personalized care plan with a personalized discharge plan to work toward that goal of getting you back home. For instance, Mr. Jones might need strength based therapy and IV antibiotics after a serious illness and hospital stay before he can return home. A few years ago my Father In Law needed a knee replacement. He decided to have it done in Arizona while there for the winter. He knew he would need inpatient rehab after his surgery in order to navigate the stairs to his motor home and to transfer safely in and out of his car. He stayed for 2 weeks in a skilled nursing center and continued with outpatient treatment in that center after his discharge. He had a positive experience. He knew what to expect and planned in advance. Planning in advance gives us so much more control. Before admission our team wants to know your treatment goals so we can start discharge planning right away.

One of the things special and unique to Port St. Joe is that feeling of home. Our goal is to provide a home away from home for everyone no matter how long you need us. We are treating our friends and family. We are treating our teachers, mentors, and people we meet for the very first time by making them part of our extended family. We want to help you and answer your questions even if you don’t need us or decide to go somewhere else. Let us be your expert for information. You can call us at 229-8244. You can email me at scain@crossseniorcare.com or visit our facebook page; Cross Shores Care Center and send us questions through messenger.

Remember to treat everyone with importance and always be kind.