Patients would rather be cared for in the home when at all possible. National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) plans to roll out its SNF-at-home pilot program this year. NHC is the oldest publicly traded senior care company. Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based NHC operates 75 SNFs, 25 assisted living communities, 28 home care agencies, six continuing care retirement centers and 37 hospice agencies.

PruittHealth CEO Neil Pruitt Jr. told Skilled Nursing News that the operator would launch PruittHealth Family First, its own SNF-at-home type of service. SNF-at-home can also have considerable benefits, including a better patient experience and lower costs.

Mary Ersek, Ph.D., RN is a senior scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She recently wrote:

“The basic tenets of what constitutes excellent nursing home care have been in place for decades. In many ways, we know what needs to be done to deliver excellent care. What we haven’t figured out is how to make that happen”