Skilled Nursing in Duluth, MN
A more personalized approach to senior health care.
When chronic health issues, long-term illness or a prolonged recovery diminishes an individual’s functional capacity for daily living, care in a skilled nursing facility is often the best option.
While some people still hold outdated notions of what a skilled nursing home is, the goals of modern long-term senior care facilities are wellness, quality of life, and helping residents remain as independent as possible.
In our skilled nursing facility in Duluth, MN, long-term care for seniors helps many people maintain a satisfying quality of life. Residents engage in social and recreational activities, pursue hobbies and interests, and receive personalized care and attention. Some people even realize cognitive improvement, thanks to the social stimulation, exercise, good nutrition and proper medication management our senior health teams provide.
Our skilled nursing services includes:
- A caring team of RNs, CNAs, LPNs, physicians and other specialists
- Coordination with physicians and pharmacists
- Access to rehabilitation therapies
- Safe Harbor memory care
- Palliative and hospice care services
- Nutritional services
- Regularly scheduled social and recreational activities
- Assistance with mobility, dressing, bathing and medication management
What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing provides professional, compassionate support and medical supervision delivered around the clock by licensed professionals including RNs, LPNs, Certified Nurse Aides and Certified Medication Aides. Skilled nursing is appropriate for individuals recovering from illness, injury, surgery or stroke who need intensive therapy and nursing care to gain optimal health and well-being. Skilled nursing is also appropriate for individuals who need long-term care, such as those who have an ongoing health condition, permanent disability, chronic severe pain, or those who have become frail due to the natural symptoms of advanced age. For more information, read our blog post, Long-term Care: A Closer Look.
Is skilled nursing the same as a nursing home?
The term “skilled nursing” has replaced “nursing home” to describe this level of care. And today’s skilled nursing communities are a significant improvement over what you may remember if you ever visited a grandparent in a nursing home. To learn more about common myths surrounding this level of care, read our blog post, 10 Common Misconceptions About Nursing Homes.
When is skilled nursing appropriate?
Individuals may benefit from skilled nursing care for a variety of reasons and conditions. For more information, read our blog post, When is Long-Term Skilled Nursing Needed?
Can residents’ family members and friends visit?
Yes, family and friends are welcome to visit. When you tour the community, be sure to ask about visiting policies.
Can I use my long-term care insurance?
In general, long-term care insurance policies can be used to pay for skilled nursing services. Consult your specific policy and your insurance agent for more information about what your policy will cover.
Will Medicare pay for skilled nursing?
Benedictine is a Medicare-certified provider of skilled nursing. With a qualifying hospital stay, Medicare typically covers days 1-20 of the stay. A Medicare-set daily coinsurance rate will be assessed for days 21-100. Medicare payment rules are very stringent and vary depending on a number of factors. Your out-of-pocket expense may vary based on any additional insurance coverage that you may have. Visit the Medicare website for more information.
What can residents expect to experience?
“I would like to compliment the staff at Benedictine Living Commuinity-St. Peter for the care they provided for my mother. She entered this very nice facility after a stay in the hospital for pneumonia. She needed a place to stay that would provide 24-hour supervision and help her gain her strength back. It was very scary for me and my family as we weren’t sure what to do or where we were going to send her. Patrick Schlueter, Director of Social Services, reached out to me and offered her a room. He was wonderful to work with and made sure we were well informed. He was the first one who said that the goal was to get her back to her apartment. I admired that positive approach and for the first time in over a week, I had hope. He also knelt down near my mom’s wheelchair as we entered her room. He talked directly to her telling her that everything will be fine and she would be well taken care of.
We also met mom’s Physical Therapist. He helped her get to the room and visited with her to find out what her needs were. Again, the compassion was there. He was so great with her. He continued with her therapy throughout her stay and provided feedback to us and the staff about her progress. An Occupational Therapist was also involved and an awesome member of the team. She observed mom and helped her work on her activities of daily living. She was very patient with her and communicated with me about her needs and progress. Very caring team!
Pat Stocker was the Social Services Assistant who comforted mom if she was having a rough night and would help her find a comfortable way to sleep. I could tell that Pat loved doing what she was doing.
In summary, I felt this was a great place for mom. During our short stay, we met a very caring staff who took good care of mom. They got to know her and stayed on top of things. Her needs were met by a good team of professionals. At our care conference, I was impressed with all who attended. Mom’s RN Manager, Shelley, had all the information we needed to move back to her assisted living apartment. Even the dietician was there to provide us some ideas on how mom could put on more weight. Totally impressed!!”