Advancing SNF-at-Home for Wound Care Patients

Overwhelmingly, patients want to receive care in their homes. This reality has been accelerated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as many patients opt for care in the home rather than care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). As a result, more and more health care organizations are adopting "SNF-at-Home" models of care, where home health agencies seek to provide care for higher acuity patients in their home — patients that would have formerly gone to SNF.

It is estimated that 25% of short-stay SNF patients could be cared for with this model — one that has the power to increase patient convenience, reduce costs, and improve quality of care. This new model is especially relevant for wound care patients, who often require complex, chronic care for extended periods of time — with a wound taking 311 days to heal on average. It is believed that approximately 40% of SNF-at-Home patients will require wound expertise, either because of a past wound, a present wound, or because they are at a high risk of developing a wound.

Home health agencies that develop a SNF-at-Home program that focuses on wound care will have a unique opportunity to expand their business, develop trusted partnerships with referral partners, and, most importantly, help more patients receive care in the setting they prefer the most — their own home. This presentation will provide best practices, techniques, and case studies to help home health agencies evaluate and implement wound care-focused, SNF-at-Home programs.