The process of finding a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for yourself or a loved one can be an overwhelming with the amount of options available. Whether the stay will be short-term or long-term, it’s important to ask questions and consider a variety of factors to determine which facility is right for you.
SNF are there to provide care for those that are not able to care for themselves at home. Each facility is different and has a variety of services available to its patients depending on their needs. When visiting these facilities, ask these questions:
While one would assume a skilled nursing facility would have all of the certificates and licensure that is required of them, it’s still important to confirm that they do by asking the following questions:
Just like a hotel, gym facility, or apartment complex, amenities vary from location to location. Some skilled nursing facilities are 30-40 years old but have been renovated over the years to feature state-of-the-art technology and modern updates whereas others haven’t been renovated since they first opened. The center is going to be your home away from home and should feel like one. Consider the amenities that are deal breakers, the amenities you can live without, and the amenities you absolutely do not want.
Although you might not have a choice about needing a skilled nursing facility, understanding the costs and fees associated with the facility is extremely important. Knowing what is covered under Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurace and what you are responsible for paying out of pocket before entering a facility is crucial. Any facility will be able to assess your financial situation and eligibility so you are aware right off the bat. Be sure to inquire about any monthly fees for television, phone, transportation, and other service fees.
When choosing a skilled nursing facility, it is important to consider all of the options and have all of your questions answered to determine which center will be the best fit. Review the information you have been given, speak with staff members i you have the opportunity to tour a SNF. Take time to observe the interaction between the people at the facility.
For answers to any of your SNF-related questions or to set up an appointment to visit one of our facilities, please give our experienced staff members a call at (781) 729-2200.