“A nursing home providing services for residents whose general condition tends to be unstable, and requires close observation and care given by professional staff over a 24-hour period. Some skilled care is financed by Medicare; however, the majority must be covered by private funds or Medicaid. Some SNFs have rehabilitation programs that help people maintain their ability to function or to readjust to limitations.”

Bookman, A., Harrington, M., Pass, L., Reisner, E.  (2007). Family caregiver handbook: Finding elder care resources in Massachusetts.  Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.