Skilled Nursing

Care given or supervised by registered nurses. Nurses provide direct care; manage, observe, and evaluate a patient’s care; and instruct the patient and his or her family caregiver. Examples include: giving injections, or tube feedings; changing dressings; and teaching about diabetes care. Any service that could be done safely by a non-medical person (or by yourself) without the supervision of a nurse isn’t skilled nursing care. Medicare covers home health skilled nursing care that’s part time and intermittent.