The importance of skilled nursing care

Earlier this year, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found that one in four individuals aged 65 and older will have such severe medical needs that, at some point in the coming years, they’ll require high-intensity support for a period of three years or more. The study found that others (38%) will require more moderate services like skilled nursing care, for an undetermined period of time, but they will still require care.

What does this mean? Overall, it amplifies the importance of medical services like skilled nursing care; and illuminates how needed such services will continue to be inside the accommodating retirement facilities of The GreenFields Continuing Care Community.

Nestled within our comfortable Lancaster campus, our long-term care facility provides residents the skilled nursing care they require, while striving to preserve their dignity and extend a high quality of life. While receiving aid within our attractive, home-like environments, residents are often surrounding by visiting loved ones. And just like home, our residents are attentively cared for with support for medical, spiritual, emotional, and quality-of-life needs. This type of care has made GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center a preferred skilled nursing facility for many local hospitals and healthcare providers. It has also made The GreenFields a recipient of many national honors, including being named to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report’s lists of America’s Best Nursing Homes for 2020 and 2021.

These honors are owed in large part to our skilled nursing staff. They fill an indispensable role for our short- and long-term residents. But for some potential residents and their families, there are questions about what specific services skilled nursing provides, and how important these services are to improving health or enhancing quality of life.

Here are four important things skilled nursing care services provide:


1. On-demand health care

When essential health support is necessary for an individual, it helps to have this care available when needed. Skilled nursing care provides this, with physical and occupational therapy, pain management and additional services available on site. Care is dependent on the severity of the surgeries, injuries, or illnesses affecting a given resident.


2. Guidance with diet and nutrition

Depending on a resident’s age or ailment, dietary and nutritional needs differ, and can evolve. Skilled nurses can help navigate these changes for you or your loved one in a coherent and comforting way.


3. Daily assistance, encouragement

Skilled nurses don’t just provide medical care. They also provide a social outlet for residents and serve as a comforting friend intent on supporting emotional needs and physical improvement, one visit at a time.  


4. Direction on physical activity

Movement and exercise is often a key component of ongoing medical care, especially as we age. Skilled nursing helps advise residents through this activity, as well as identify what might be best for their ongoing health needs.

To learn more about The GreenFields skilled nursing care, visit thegreenfields.org/skilled-nursing-respite-care, or call (716) 684-3000 today.


About The GreenFields Continuing Care Community

The GreenFields Continuing Care Community provides for the physical, social, and spiritual needs of residents in a Christian environment. In addition to skilled nursingsubacute rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center, The GreenFields offers a variety of living arrangements and support levels based on individual needs. This includes independent living apartments in GreenField Manor; assisted living apartments in GreenField Court; and memory care and enhanced assisted living in GreenField Terrace.


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5959 Broadway
Lancaster, NY 14086

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