Five Considerations for Skilled Nursing Facility Short Term Rehab Admissions

December 28, 2010

For many people, part of the apprehension regarding admission to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) is fear of the unknown. Questions abound as every negative nursing home stereotype you've ever heard takes center stage leaving very little chance for a clear, open-minded decision to be made.

At Concordia, making sure incoming patients understand what to expect upon admission is very important. And typically, the reality of a SNF is much more attractive than the picture painted by nursing home labels of yesteryear.

So you're scheduled to undergo a procedure in the hospital and you've reserved a room at Concordia's Lund Care Center?

1. Before Admission An admissions team member will review a number of items with you, including phone service (cell phones allowed, land lines available for cost), laundry service (we can clean your clothes if you label them with your first and last names beforehand), insurance coverage explanation, items to bring, etc. A number of copies of documents may be requested as well: Power of Attorney, photo ID, Living Will, Insurance and Prescription Cards and long term care policy if applicable.

2. Day of Admission The medical transportation, which is arranged by a social worker at the hospital, brings you to the facility, where you're greeted by staff and taken to your private room. A nursing assessment will be completed and you may be evaluated by the therapist as well, depending upon the time of your admission. At this point the nurse has reviewed the physician orders and clarified any questions. You will also complete a food preference sheet and be oriented to your surroundings.

3. During your Admission The SNF social services coordinator, along with you and your family, develop an individualized care plan. It's important to keep in mind this plan is based on your assessment from the SNF nurse and physical therapist, not necessarily the hospital. Based on your progress/development, you may or may not be at the SNF as long as originally anticipated. The more input you provide at your care planning meeting, the better your experience will be.

4. Beyond the First Few Days Since therapy at Concordia is individualized, you may receive a combination of physical and occupational therapy designed to expedite your recovery. Our staff physician may or may not see you every day, depending on your individual physical needs.

5. In General Throughout your rehabilitation, questions and comments are encouraged to make your stay the best it can be. Don't hesitate to speak with staff so your concerns can be addressed.

For more on Concordia's three skilled nursing/short-term rehab facilities in western Pennsylvania, visit our website.

You can also contact an admissions coordinator toll free at 1.888.352.1571 or e-mail us here.

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