The 2021 Guide to In-Home Skilled Nursing Care in Miami and Broward

Everything you need to know about in-home skilled nursing care, what types of services you would expect from an in-home skilled nurse and/or nursing service, what steps someone should take if they’re interested in hiring an in-home skilled nurse- the questions to ask, and more.

In-Home Skilled Nursing Care is provided by nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Commercial health insurance pays for this type of service with a doctor’s order.  

Elite Home Care is a provider for Aetna, United Health Care, Cigna, Humana, Sunshine, CareCentrix, Molina and all international insurances.

Everything you need to know about in-home skilled nursing care in Miami and Broward, by Elite Care at Home.
Everything you need to know about in-home skilled nursing care in Miami and Broward, by Elite Care at Home.

What is Skilled Nursing Care?

When you are recuperating from a health problem or injury, knowledgeable nursing services can assist you return to doing the important things you like as rapidly as your treatment enables. Our nurses examine your condition on each visit and deal with your doctor to establish a goal-driven treatment strategy.

Our skilled care team works to enhance your lifestyle and avoid visits to the Emergency Room that could otherwise be avoided.

Our certified nurses offer caring services in the convenience of your own home, consisting of:

  • Illness management
  • Medication management, organization and administration
  • Disease evaluation and guidelines
  • Post-surgical management
  • Bathing and personal care support
  • Evaluations at each visit on your condition
  • Evaluate blood pressure, pulse, respirations, blood sugar or pulse oximetry, as requested by your physician

Our professionals also monitor:

  • Heart care, consisting of CHF management
  • Lung care, consisting of COPD management
  • Diabetes management and education
  • Wound care management
  • Pain management
  • Orthopedic rehab
  • Fall prevention

Can you have skilled care at home?

Yes, your beloved senior can get skilled nursing care at home. In-home nursing will help your senior stay healthy at home.

Our medically trained caregiving staff can provide a level of in-home care not found within many other home care companies:

  • Visiting nurses
  • Medication administration
  • Insulin injections
  • Wound care
  • Dressing changes
  • Catheter care
  • Ostomy/Colostomy care

How much does in-home skilled nursing cost?

In-home skilled nursing is typically paid for by private health insurance or in some cases with private funds. Talk to our office staff to learn more about how we can help you with payment options.

What are examples of skilled nursing care?

  • Visiting nurses
  • Medication administration
  • Insulin injections
  • Wound care
  • Dressing changes
  • Catheter care
  • Ostomy/Colostomy care
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Respiratory checks

Choosing In-Home Skilled Nursing for the Elderly

Choosing to begin in-home skilled nursing care for yourself or a senior is a good start, but before moving forward, you’ll need to find the right skilled nursing agency. Be sure that you feel at-ease with the staff, especially if you won’t be in the home while they’re providing care.

Top things to consider when choosing an in-home skilled provider include:

License: In Miami and Broward Counties in Florida, all skilled nursing providers must be licensed. Be sure to ask for proof of licensure.

Being Dependable and On-Time: Hiring an experienced in-home skilled nursing agency is important. An experienced provider will be reliable but will also have a back-up plan when a caregiver is sick. Read reviews of the home care agency to see if past clients have been happy. Ask the agency if they have a plan in place for when a nurse or PT/OT professional isn’t able to make it to the scheduled visit.

Available Services: Be sure that you understand the skilled services that will be provided. Ask questions. Be your own (or your senior’s) advocate. Follow up after visits if you have questions. Find out what the agency recommends if they are unable to provide certain services.

Cost: For in-home skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy- some private insurance will pay for some or all services. Clients may have a co-pay. Check with your home care agency or your insurance company for details.

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” 


What Are Different Types of In-Home Skilled Care?

  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

How Do I Know If My Aging Loved-One Needs In-Home Care?

If your senior needs help with any of the following, they may benefit from in-home skilled care.

  • Have they recently discharged from the hospital and need help at home?
  • Have they recently had surgery and need follow up care at home?
  • Do they need wound care?
  • Do they need ostomy training and care?
  • Do they need help monitoring their diabetes, or taking the proper amount of insulin?
  • Have they been diagnosed with a new illness or disease that would benefit from training or monitoring?
  • Are they able to manage their medications alone? Or is it too complicated?
  • Do they need IV antibiotics?
  • Are they using new equipment like a walker or a cane?
  • Are they at risk of falling? Have they taken a recent fall?
  • Are they having trouble with dressing, shaving or using fine motor skills?
  • Have they recently had a stroke or injury that is preventing them from speaking or eating correctly?

In summary, there are many reasons why a senior would benefit from in-home skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy. Talk to the experts at Elite Care at Home. We can answer your questions and talk with your physician about recommending and ordering services.

Elite Care at Home provides in-home skilled nursing care in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Call today. (305) 231-0555