What is the Skilled Care?
This very important care happens between
hospitalization and returning home, and some patients don't realize they can
choose where to receive it.
Skilled Care at Story County
is designed to help you or a loved one recover from illness or surgery with
24-hour attention from a skilled, compassionate team of medical specialists
in a caring, comfortable environment.
We are widely respected as a trusted Skilled Care
facility, and offer a wide range of in-hospital therapy and rehabilitation
services for patients who must learn to function more independently, and to
care for their own health needs as part of their road to recovery.
Click here to
download a skilled care brochure
What Services Are Provided While
You Are In Skilled Care?
Physician Evaluation: Our care team will be in continuous
contact with your healthcare provider, who will evaluate your progress and
visit you as required by your condition.
Rehabilitation Services: Our on-site, professional
rehabilitation staff will work closely with your physician to develop an
individualized treatment plan designed to enable you to reach the highest
level of function in the least amount of time, while helping you achieve
independence in all areas of your life. Rehabilitation services are provided
five days a week, or more if necessary, and include:
You may ask your therapist about your care plan at any time during
your hospital stay.
Nursing: You will be attended by specially trained
Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Medical
Assistants (CMAs) and Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs). They will check on you
routinely to monitor your condition and see that your needs are met. You may
notice some changes in your daily schedule if you move from acute
care to skilled care. We are happy to answer any questions you may have
about these changes at any time.
Social Services: Our social worker is available to you and
your family to provide social/emotional assessments, assistance with
discharge planning such as arranging for home health care or nursing home
placement, as well as provide help with financial concerns or other social
Our Multi-disciplinary Care Plan Team consists of trained specialists in a
variety of fields who will consult with your provider, and meet with you
and/or your family on a regular basis to coordinate your plan of care and
discharge planning efforts.
Food and Nutrition Services: The medical
dietitian will assess your dietary needs according to your condition and
develop an individual meal plan. Our food and nutrition department
offers a wide variety of menu items with a restaurant style menu for your
dining pleasure. A staff member from the food and nutrition services
department will visit to assist you in making menu selections.
Dietary changes will be adapted to your improving condition, and changes
can be made by you or at your provider's request.
Breakfast is served between 7:15 am and 7:45am, lunch is served between
12pm and 12:30pm, and dinner is served between 5:15 pm and 5:45pm.
Dental Services: Services from a respected local dentist are
available if required.
Who Pays For Skilled Care?
Most insurance companies cover skilled nursing
care. Check your policy to determine your coverage. If you need assistance
determining your skilled care benefits, please call our social services
department at 515-382-7734.
Medicare will pay for skilled care provided that
your condition, care and documented progress continue to meet the skilled
care guidelines. Medicare will pay for everything for up to 20 days except
for any charges that Medicare does not recognize.
If you require skilled care beyond 20 days, you
or your supplemental insurance company will then be responsible for a
portion of any remaining "recognized" charges. No Medicare benefits are
available after 100 days of care within a "benefit period." (Some
supplemental insurance coverage benefits offer an additional 30 days of
For Medicare/Medicaid contact information,
As a skilled care patient, you are protected by a
Patient Bill of
Rights. A copy of this will be presented and explained to you as soon as
possible upon your admission to Story Medical.
The "Swing Bed" Program at Story County Medical Center allows patients to
remain in the same hospital room throughout their stay regardless of the
level of care provided (i.e., acute care, skilled care or observation).
Who Do I Contact for Admission Information?
For admission information, please contact our social worker, Susan Koehler,
at 515-382-7734 or Dena Bailey, Director of Acute & Skilled Care Services