FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How do I pay?
Bel-Air Nursing and Rehab Center is Medicare and Medicaid approved. In addition, we have contracted with a number of different insurance companies for your convenience. Before moving forward our Director of Admissions will check your insurance eligibility to make sure we can help you through the process.
- Who do I call?
Brian O’Hare is our Director of Admissions and Social Services. He will be able to answer any questions you have dealing with the admission process, along with insurance and financial questions.
- What should I bring with me upon Admission?
· Drivers License or another form of picture ID.
· Medicare, Medicaid or Insurance cards.
· Social Security card.
· Power of Attorney paperwork. Including health care and financial. Living will. Guardian
- paperwork if applicable.
· Contact information for family members/guardians/friends.
- What makes this nursing home different from other nursing homes?
· Bel-Air is family owned
· We are small in size with 35 beds
· More personal contact with the Resident’s
· Much more individual attention
- Open door policy to all the administration
- Can the resident bring some of his or her own furniture?
We encourage all the resident’s to personalize their rooms as much as possible. There are limitations and life safety codes that have to be considered.
- Can I eat lunch with my loved one?
You are welcome to come and share a meal with your friend or family member for a nominal fee. You will need to contact the Dietary Manager in most cases 24 hours in advance to help us preparing a pleasurable dining experience.
- What are the vising hours?
Visiting hours are flexible but we recommend giving the staff time in the morning to provide morning care.
- What is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing facility care, which takes place in a hospital’s extended care wing or in a separate nursing facility, provides high levels of medical and nursing care, 24-hour monitoring, and intensive rehabilitation. It is intended to follow acute hospital care due to serious illness, injury, or surgery.
- What is a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)?
A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is a clinical care provider offering 24-hour licensed nursing care. An SNF primarily provides services for residents requiring medical and nursing care and/or therapy services for rehabilitation. A licensed physician supervises each patient’s care and a nurse or other medical professional is always on-site. Other medical professionals such as occupational or physical therapists are also available. Care typically includes: physical therapy, occupational and speech rehabilitation, intravenous therapy, post-surgical stabilization, pulmonary management, and wound care. Also, an SNF provides assistance with administration of medications and aids in a variety of daily living needs including dressing, bathing, walking, and eating.
- Who pays for skilled nursing services?
Medicare will cover only a total of 100 days of inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility, and then only if your doctor continues to prescribe skilled nursing care or therapy.For the first 20 of 100 days, Medicare will pay for all covered costs, which include all basic services but not television, telephone, or private room charges.
For the next 80 days, the patient is personally responsible for a daily copayment, and Medicare pays the rest of covered costs. In 2013, the copayment amount is $148; the amount goes up each year. If you have a secondary insurance they may pay all or some of the copayment depending on your insurance plan.
- What does Medicare cover in a nursing home?
Medicare offers a maximum of 100 days of coverage in a skilled nursing facility, but it does not guarantee 100 days of coverage. In order for Medicare to cover, a person has to have a 3-day stay (3 consecutive nights) in a hospital and be admitted to a nursing facility for the same reason they were hospitalized. Once admitted, a person must require skilled nursing or therapy on a daily basis. “Skilled nursing” is defined by Medicare, which has very strict guidelines. In therapy, a person must be making gains to be covered. Once a person plateaus or reaches goals, he or she is typically cut from Medicare.
Our goal is to maximize your coverage, but also to operate in an ethical manner consistent with our mission. Our team of professionals meets once a week to discuss all the residents currently being covered under Medicare. We communicate with you if Medicare coverage is nearing its completion. On average, most residents are covered for about 2 to 4 weeks, but this varies depending on a person’s diagnosis and progress.
- Does Bel-Air offer respite care?
- Yes, depending on availability and with advanced notification.
- Are there social activities?
Yes. Skilled nursing residences have a full calendar of activities and social events for residents, including art classes, ice cream socials, bingo and game night, prayer service, movie night and guest speakers. wellness centers, beauty parlor, restaurant-style dining, a bus for outside activities, Church and Chaplain Services, to meet spiritual needs, and other amenities.
- I am going to the hospital for a scheduled procedure, can I prebook a short stay?
- Yes, We encourage you to check us out prior to your hospitalization. Often we can help you understand the process and you get to meet the staff.
- What is a 5 star facility?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed a rating system for nursing homes in 2009. The stars are based on the following ratings that are broken down into four areas: The overall rating, health inspection surveys, quality measures and staffing information.
This ranking validates the quality of care and the outstanding service that Bel-Air nursing and Rehab Center delivers through its dedicated, compassionate, and hard-working staff. Working together every day, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of our residents, by improving the quality of care and increasing the level of patient satisfaction.
- Can I smoke?
Bel-Air is a non- smoking facility. We do allow smoking in designated areas outside the facility.