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Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions when a loved one may be interested in nursing home placement.
What has to happen to admit to a nursing facility?
Admittance to a nursing facility is usually facilitated through a physician. We encourage our potential residents to see their primary care physician to have important medical forms filled out.
Can I have a private room?
Yes, if available – but private rooms require an additional cost. Insurance does not cover the additional private room fee.
What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept Medicare, Medicaid, private pay and private insurance (private insurances will have to be checked for coverage).
Will I owe my check?
Yes, if Medicaid is paying. All income is due to the nursing home (except Supplemental Security Income) and the resident will get to keep $38 a month. Private Pay rates can be discussed with admissions and/or the billing department.
What are the qualifications for Medicaid?
You may want to consider:
- Do you have less than $2000 in the bank?
- Have you sold or transferred property or funds in the last five (5) years?
- Contact the Medicaid Helpline at (800) 230-0690 for more information.
Am I allowed to leave the facility?
Yes, you may leave the facility. However, there are certain guidelines and limitations that Medicare and Medicaid place on nursing home residents. Feel free to contact the facility to learn about these guidelines. Aside from those limitations, residents are free to leave the facility whenever they choose. Before leaving, residents must sign out and check to see if any medication or special attention is needed while they are away.
Do I have to stay in the facility long term?
The specific needs of each resident play a major factor in determining the length of their stay. Some residents choose to come to the facility for a short-term stay that can range from several weeks to a few months while recovering from an illness or injury. A good example of a short-term stay would be recovering from a hip surgery or replacement. A long-term stay can be ongoing indefinitely. For example, someone who is disabled due to a stroke or Alzheimer’s disease is typically a long-term resident. The resident may need to remain at the facility permanently if they are no longer able to reside at home safely and independently.