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What is a skilled nursing facility?

A skilled nursing facility provides 24-hour licensed nursing care.  Care typically includes assistance with medication administration, assistance with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, and eating.  Additional services offered may be rehabilitation including physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, wound care, IV therapy, and transportation to and from medical appointments.

What should a new resident bring to the facility for their stay?

We want all our residents to feel at home, whether they are here for short-term rehabilitation or a long-term care stay.  Feel free to bring family pictures, a favorite blanket or pillow, small knick-knacks, personal clothing, and any other personal items that will make their stay more comfortable.  Basic furniture and toiletries are provided.

We do encourage that valuables, such as jewelry, large amounts of money, purses, and or wallets remain at home or with a loved one.

I have a dog/cat at home, can they be brought in for a visit?

Absolutely!  We encourage families to bring pets in for visits.  This often helps with the transition to long term care.  Please note all pet owners will be required to have their pet on a leash and provide a vet certificate to ensure pets are up to date on all vaccines.

How much does it cost to live at the nursing home?

The cost of a resident’s stay depends on what level of care is needed.  Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans cover post-hospital care if the resident has a qualifying hospital stay.  Medicare will cover up to 100 days if the resident continues to meet the need for skilled nursing care.

Some residents qualify for Medicaid.  Medicaid is based on income and assets.  The resident will have to complete an application to determine eligibility.  If a resident qualifies, Medicaid will determine the amount due from the resident and then Medicaid will cover the rest of the monthly charge for room and board.

Long-term care insurance will help pay the daily rate for nursing home care.  If a resident has long-term care insurance, our staff will assist with providing the needed information and monthly billing to the insurance company.

If the resident does not qualify for any of the above, then the resident would pay the daily rate and be considered private pay.

How are nursing homes regulated?

Nursing homes are regulated by the federal government, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  They collaborate with state governments.

State survey agencies will conduct surveys of nursing homes to ensure compliance with CMS and State regulations and requirements.  These surveys are conducted on an annual basis; staffing, resident care, infection control, life safety code, policies and procedures, and record-keeping are reviewed for compliance.  All nursing homes must be in compliance to receive payment for services from Medicare and Medicaid.

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