Skilled Nursing

  • The Purpose of CMS Nursing Home Ratings And How They Work

    CMS government star ratings are based on the general performance of facilities within each individual state. Comparing facilities to each other within each state helps to control variation among states that can result from different management practices, differences in state licensing laws, and differences in state Medicaid policies.

  • 20 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Nursing Home

    Your loved one’s health and happiness matter. That’s why choosing the right nursing home for them can be challenging. With many variables and items to consider, many people wonder where they should start. We understand and hope to make that process easier. Start the search strong. It makes a huge ...

  • Medicare Coverage Part A and Part B for a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay

    When determining the best Medicare Plan for your personal and financial needs, the length of your medical care stay is the most important consideration. Medicare Part A and Part B are practically identical in regard to benefits for skilled nursing care, except with Medicare Part B, the premium monthly fee covers the outpatient facility portion of private skilled nursing care. It is also important to keep in mind that none of the parts of Medicare cover the cost of long term care.

  • Reasons for Nursing Home Admissions

    When you or a loved one is hospitalized, a nursing home admission might be suggested during discharge planning. Many factors are taken into account as the hospital case manager works with you to coordinate your care transition. Skilled nursing care bridges the gap between acute care settings like hospitals and ...

  • What You Need to Know About a Medical Power of Attorney and Nursing Home Care

    When you have a loved one in a nursing home or about to reside in a nursing home, there are certain elements you need to understand. One of these pieces of information is knowing what a medical power of attorney (POA) is. Let's try to explain what kind of power ...

  • Staff to Resident Ratio in Nursing Homes

    Care provided in nursing homes is expensive. Even when the costs are covered by private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare , long-term care facility costs for an older adult can come with a considerable price tag. So, when family members have to decide to place an older person into a nursing ...

  • How to Handle a Combative Dementia Patient with Patience

    When caring for a loved one or a patient with dementia, one of the hardest duties to encounter is when they become combative. Of course, we understand this is just dementia and not really who they are, and we want to be as compassionate and caring as possible. Understanding dementia and symptoms help when dealing with different complexities.

  • Reopening US Nursing Homes - What's The New Normal?

    What’s the "new normal?” The answer to that question lies mainly in the policies of your location. Depending on the reopening phase of the locality, not all facilities are open to visitors yet. CDC guidance is evident on the requirements for cautiously reopening while mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. The practices and policies discussed below were enacted at the coronavirus pandemic outset and will continue indefinitely.

  • Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care: What's the Difference?

    In simplest terms, a patient can pursue a cure while receiving palliative care, while hospice patients forego further treatment. Both approaches emphasize person-centered care and easing uncomfortable or distressing symptoms. Hospice incorporates palliation of symptoms. Many misconceptions about disease management approaches cause patients to become uneasy when healthcare professionals broach either topic.

  • How to Determine Which Nursing Homes in Your Area Have Coronavirus

    With Coronavirus on the uprise, it is essential to know which nursing homes in your area have active cases. Many nursing homes aren't allowing visitors to keep their residents safe. Right this moment, they're taking extra care with disinfecting their long-term care facilities. Knowing which facilities are affected by Coronavirus ...