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Nursing Home Checklist — Upper East Side Nursing Home Center

By September 25, 2018 No Comments

Tran­si­tion­ing into a nurs­ing home can be a stress­ful expe­ri­ence. For­tu­nate­ly, you can make the process eas­i­er by being pre­pared. There is a list of doc­u­ments that must be col­lect­ed before your loved one can move in. The staff can help you if you become overwhelmed.

Here’s what you need to bring.

1. Your loved one’s medications and prescriptions

This is very impor­tant. Once your loved one is trans­ferred to the nurs­ing home, their med­ical care will be in the hands of the facil­i­ty. The hos­pi­tal staff will take care of this for you if your loved is mov­ing direct­ly from a hos­pi­tal room to the nurs­ing home.

2. Medical Records

The nurs­ing home staff needs your loved one’s med­ical his­to­ry on file. Their care is individualized.

3. Physician’s Order for Admission

A doc­tor needs to ver­i­fy that your loved one needs the care of a nurs­ing home.

4. Admissions paperwork

The paper­work is often filled out on the day your loved one is admit­ted. That’s because a nurs­ing home staff num­ber usu­al­ly walks fam­i­lies through the doc­u­ments. Your loved one will need to sign their name to prove they gave con­sent to liv­ing in the nurs­ing home.

5. State Documents

Each state has its own form that must be filled out pri­or to admis­sion. You can obtain the form from the hos­pi­tal or from your loved one’s physi­cian. It states that his or her med­ical needs can be sat­is­fied at a nurs­ing home. Some patients have health con­di­tions that require more care while oth­ers don’t need the ser­vices of a nurs­ing home staff.

6. Negative Tuberculosis (TB) Test

TB is high­ly con­ta­gious. Patients suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease can’t live in nurs­ing homes.

7. Financial Assessments

Nurs­ing homes aren’t free. Before your loved one is admit­ted, the staff has to ascer­tain his or her abil­i­ty to pay. The patient may not be able to con­trol their own finances any­more. The patient, the patient’s attor­ney, or the patient’s fam­i­ly need to be hon­est about the patient’s finan­cial health.

The staff also need to deter­mine if your loved one qual­i­fies gov­ern­ment assis­tance. You will need to fig­ure out your loved one’s assets. Bank accounts, cash, stocks, etc., are all includ­ed. Insur­ance ques­tions will also need to be ham­mered out. Is your loved one enrolled in Medicare? Medicaid?

The nurs­ing home is required to check if your loved one is eli­gi­ble for gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits and will ask ques­tions with that view in my mind.

Be Prepared

It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s your par­ent, your grand­par­ent, or your spouse. Mov­ing your loved one into a nurs­ing home can be an emo­tion­al­ly har­row­ing experience.

How­ev­er, some­times it just can’t be avoid­ed and depend­ing on the cir­cum­stance, it may be in your loved one’s best inter­est. Nurs­ing homes can pro­vide the care and atten­tion that your loved one needs to survive.

Admis­sions day will go smoother if you have every­thing ready in advance. Read through the above check­list and pre­pare what you can. You want to be able to devote your atten­tion to your loved one instead of hav­ing to wor­ry about paperwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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