FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Does Medicare pay for care in a nursing home?
Yes, Medicare does pay for care in a nursing home if certain skilling service criteria are met as defined by Medicare. A patient must have Medicare A and have had a three day in-patient stay (3 overnights) in the hospital or have been discharged from a hospital within thirty days following a 3 day in-patient stay.
* Some Medicare Advantage plans do not require a three day inpatient hospital stay.
2. Does Medicaid pay for care in a nursing home?
Yes, Medicaid will pay for nursing home care, only upon approval of the County Department of Social Services. To be eligible for Medicaid, a formal application must be made with the Department of Social Services and financial criteria as determined by the Department of Social Services must be met prior to entering the nursing home.
3. How do I apply for Medicaid?
Application for Medicaid must be made with the Department of Social Services in the County where the patient lives. The Department of Social Services will need to know certain financial facts to determine eligibility; therefore, it is recommended that the patient or the person making application for the patient have knowledge of the financial status of the patient and possess actual financial documents such as tax returns, monthly income, assets for several years.
4. Can someone bring personal items from home?
Yes, it is recommended that personal items such as pictures, memorabilia, books, lamps etc. be brought from home to make the patient's room as "home like" and comfortable as possible. Any large items (i.e. chest, lounge chair, etc.) must be approved by the facility Administrator.
5. Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for private room?
No, Medicare nor Medicaid pays for a private room. Based upon availability a private room may be available for an additional fee that the patient or family would be responsible for.
6. What types of activities are available to residents?
Activities are varied and are planned according to the individual preference of the patient. General activities include but are not limited to recreational, social, religious, cultural, physical, and educational programs to enrich one's life.
7. Can someone see his/her primary care physician during their stay?
Yes, if it is medically necessary for the patient to see his/her primary care
physician, the attending physician in the nursing home will write an order for the patient to see his/her primary physician.
8. What is the difference between a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and an Assisted living Facility (ALF)?
An Assisted Living Facility is a facility licensed to provide only limited assistance with medication administration, dressing, toileting, bathing, eating, and housekeeping services. While a Skilled Nursing Facility provides 24 hour extensive and comprehensive medical, nursing and physical care. All care is directed by the Physician.
9. Is there a television in the room?
Yes, all rooms are equipped with a wall mounted television, pillow speakers and a remote control. This service is available for your relaxation and convenience without an additional cost to the patient.
Still have questions?
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