Moving to Nazareth Home: A Guide for Elders and their families
For families seeking personal care, skilled care and memory care
Have you ever had to move to another town? Do you remember what it was like - finding a new place, wondering what it would be there, would you find friends, how would you find your way around?
Do you remember, as the moving date approached, what did you feel? Some fear? Did you experience some excitement? Maybe you experienced some anxiety? Because you are leaving the place where you have been living, maybe leaving things or people behind and wondering if you would see them again. Do you remember thinking about the memories, the events, and the life that had gone on where you were? Do you remember leaving the house for the last time; maybe thinking that a part or a time in your life now was over?
Now, imagine you went through all of these events and processes, but you had no choice, and you had no understanding, and no matter how hard you tried, for the life of you, couldn't figure out what was going on. But what you did know is that, you didn't understand, and you didn't choose this.
This is what moving to a nursing home can be like for new residents.
Nazareth Home partners with the elder and their families, because we understand moving into a nursing home is more like a journey than an event, for both the elder and the family. The actual admission day is one step in a process. If you think of it like that, you can think of moving in as three steps - pre-admission, admission day itself, and post admission adjustment. This will also help you figure out how to face it. After you have chosen a facility, or even just made the decision that a nursing home is necessary, but before admission, do as much preparation as you can. There is emotional and practical preparation. For emotional preparation, the elder should be involved in as much of the decision-making as possible. Fear of the unknown can make an admission more difficult.
- Consider. What is important to you and your loved one—nursing care, meals, physical therapy, a religious connection, hospice care, or Special Care Units for dementia patients? Do you want a place close to family and friends so they can easily visit? Costs of care can also be a determining factor when considering what’s best for everyone involved.
- Call. Get in touch with each place on your list. Visit their websites. Many questions, such as about how many people live there and what it costs can be found online. Find out in the home has a waiting list. Nazareth Home strongly encourages families to complete the pre-admission form prior to their scheduled tour of the Home. You can now schedule a tour online . PLEASE NOTE: Please bring your Pre-admission Form with you. Download Pre-admission Form
- Visit. Make plans to tour the home. Nazareth Home strongly encourages visitors utilizing the following tour checklist that has some good questions to consider when visiting Nazareth Home. Please feel free to print this checklist and use this checklist as a guide when touring Nazareth Home and/or other homes.
- Talk. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Communication is at the very heart of Nazareth Home’s person-centered care philosophy. A loved one beginning their life’s journey into a nursing home can be an uneasy experience for the elder and the family. Nazareth Home is here to put those fears at ease. We understand you want to know if the home is safe, engaging and an all around pleasant environment with caring staff and sound medical care. There are no stupid questions.
It’s important to discuss with Nazareth Home about the various options and resources that are available for you and your loved one. Check with Medicare, Medicaid, and any private insurance provider you have to find out their current rules about covering the costs of long-term care. You can pay for nursing home care in several ways. Here are some examples:
Medicare. For someone who needs special care, Medicare, a Federal program, will cover part of the cost in a skilled nursing home approved by Medicare. Check with Medicare for details. To learn more visit http://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/index.html
Medicaid. Medicaid is a State/Federal program that provides health benefits to some people with low incomes. Contact your county family services department to see if you qualify. To learn more visit http://www.chfs.ky.gov/dms
Private pay. Some people pay for long-term care with their own savings for as long as possible. When that is no longer possible, they may apply for help from Medicaid. If you think you may need to apply for Medicaid at some point, make sure the nursing home you’re interested in accepts Medicaid payments. Not all do.
Long-term care insurance. Some people buy private long-term care insurance. It can pay part of the costs for a nursing home or other long-term care for the length of time stated in your policy. This type of insurance is sold by many different companies and benefits vary widely. Look carefully at several policies before making a choice.
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