Frequently Asked Questions
We understand you have questions about skilled nursing services. Here are a few of the questions we answer most frequently. If you have more questions please contact us – we’re here to help.
1) When is it time to consider moving into a “skilled nursing facility”?
When evaluating a senior it’s important to look at the ADL list because it will touch on points when nursing home care could be required:
- Cannot use telephone
- Unable to shop without assistance or even shop at all
- Needs meals prepared and served or cannot maintain an adequate diet
- Cannot participate in housekeeping activities
- Needs laundry done by others
- Needs travel assistance or does not travel at all
- Isn’t capable of dispensing own medication
- Incapable of handling money or making day-to-day purchases
In short, each resident is different and requires separate care levels.
Does your loved one need additional care? Contact our administrator today
2) What personal items can be brought to the nursing home?
The rooms at Salem Place are uniquely designed to provide an atmosphere reminiscent of home. Therapeutic beds, comfortable chairs, color-coordinated curtains and room accessories and ample closet and storage space are provided for the residents’ comfort. Residents and families are encouraged to individualize rooms with personal items brought from home to make rooms more cozy and home-like. Money, jewelry and other valuables, however, should not be stored in resident rooms.
3) What are the visiting hours?
Salem Place Nursing and Rehab does not have set visiting hours. We view this facility as the “home” of each resident. We would ask that if visiting on evening and weekends that noise levels be kept at an appropriate level as they would be in your own home.
4) Can residents leave with their families? Can residents stay overnight with their families?
Yes, most residents are free to come and go with their family members. We do ask that you sign your loved one in and out at the nurse’s station. Also, please make sure and give the facility as much advanced notice as possible so we may better support in any travel. Additionally, no resident that is currently receiving Medicare Part A benefits is allowed to be out of the building overnight due to government regulation.
5) How will I take my family member to doctor visits?
Salem Place provides transportation to and from appointments. We do ask that our nurses make the appointments so proper transportation can be arranged.
6) Do I bring my family member’s medication upon admission?
We are required to have a method of dispensing medication and because of this we are not allowed to use home medications.
7) Can food be brought into the facility?
Yes, it is permissible to bring food to residents in covered or closable containers. We do ask that particular attention be paid to dietary restrictions and allergies when bringing food to your loved one.
8) Is Salem Place a smoke-free facility?
Salem Place is a smoke free facility but designated smoking areas are provided for our residents that smoke. For the safety of our residents, regularly scheduled smoke breaks are planned throughout the day.
9) What options are there for paying for nursing home care?
Personal Resources, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, Medicare/Medicare advantage plans and Medicare supplemental plans for skilled care are several options available to nursing home patients. Personnel in the Social Services department and business office are available to discuss these options and help you make the best decision regarding financial arrangements.
10) When can I apply for Medicaid?
Medicaid is a program offered when resources have been utilized and the patient still requires services. Medicaid cannot be applied for ahead of the admission but Administration can help answer any questions prior to admission relating to the Medicaid criteria of payment.
11) How long will Medicare pay for?
Medicare is a mandatory insurance controlled by the government. The current requirement is that if a patient has a 3-midnight hospital acute stay and needs further rehabilitation then a Medicare paid stay will be an option. Medicare will pay 20 days at 100 percent then a co-insurance must be billed thereafter.
12) Will the nursing home help me figure out the payment arrangement?
The Administrative office will work with you prior to and during the admission regarding what your insurance benefit department is telling us. The Administrative office will also help with the Medicaid application if assistance is needed.