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October 21, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

October 21, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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Second-Floor Project Shows Progress

Second-Floor Project Shows Progress

Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab’s second-floor project is marking progress. The state-of-the-art, 1,200-square-foot Dialysis Den. (See accompanying photos). Work began in June 2022. Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab is partnering with DaVita Dialysis to develop the space, which will accommodate up to 30 residents in need of transitional care to bridge the gap between their hospital stay and a return home.…

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October 14, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

October 14, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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October 6, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

October 6, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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Who Pays For Nursing Home Care? Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab Explains What to Expect

Who Pays For Nursing Home Care? Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab Explains What to Expect

The nursing home admission process can be overwhelming, especially when considering the emotional impact of placing your loved one in this new environment.  The odds are high that you or someone in your family will need a nursing home sooner or later.  Nursing home care is expensive, averaging upwards of $130,000 per year.  While insurance and public programs may pay some of these costs in certain situations, some people who enter nursing homes begin by paying for their care out-of-pocket.

Medicare

Medicare generally does NOT cover long-term stays in a nursing home.  Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers skilled care provided in a skilled nursing facility.  Skilled care is nursing and therapy care that can only be safely and effectively performed by, or under the supervision of, professionals or technical personnel. It is health care given when you need skilled nursing or skilled therapies to treat, manage, and observe your condition, and evaluate your care. Medicare covers certain daily skilled care services but only on a short-term basis and only under certain circumstances.

There are two different ways to access your Medicare coverage benefits in a nursing home:

  1. Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan. Traditional Medicare requires an individual to have a three-day hospital stay immediately prior to being transferred to a skilled nursing facility. When skilled care is needed, the beneficiary may be entitled to a maximum of 100 days of Medicare coverage. Some individuals falsely believe that they automatically receive 100 days of coverage. In order for your stay to be covered under traditional Medicare, the individual must be receiving a daily skilled service and making progress toward functional improvement.  Usually, the first 20 days of Medicare skilled care is paid in full by Medicare while skilled care provided between days 21-100 is subject to a co-pay.  The co-pay may be offset by an individual’s supplemental Medicare insurance or other private health insurance, if available. An individual may receive care in more than one nursing home under the same benefit period that does not always run concurrently so it is important to alert the nursing home of prior hospital and nursing home stays in the past year and ask the nursing home how many available days you have at the time of admission and what benefit day you are receiving.
  2. Medicare Advantage Plans. These plans, such as HMOs or PPOs, combine your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage into one insurance plan when elected in lieu of traditional Medicare. This type of Medicare plan will often provide beneficiaries with additional benefits not available through the traditional Medicare program, such as dental, vision, hearing, and pharmacy benefits. But, these types of plans often require nursing homes to have a contract with the insurance provider which can sometimes limit access to non-contract nursing homes. Medicare Advantage Plans also more actively manage the care of its beneficiaries, which can limit not only the health care setting but also the amount of services received.

Once an individual’s Medicare coverage ends, nursing home care will often be financed through one of the following options depending on your individual situation:

  • Personal resources, such assets and savings,
  • Long-term care insurance or
  • Medicaid

Personal Resources

Individuals who do not qualify for care under their Medicare benefit or financially qualify for Medicaid use their personal resources to pay for nursing home care. Checking and savings accounts, pensions, retirement income, stocks, bonds, and the sale of assets are a variety of means that individuals often use to fund a nursing home stay.

Long-term care insurance

Additionally, some long-term care insurance policies may provide assistance in paying for nursing home costs, both skilled care and non-skilled care. Each policy can vary widely in what they cover.  Some pay for some aspects of nursing home care while others may include coverage for services in other settings, such as personal care homes, adult day care, or home care.  Each policy is different and it is best to contact your insurance provider to understand your individual coverage before you need care.

Medicaid

Medicaid will pay for nursing home care for individuals with limited income and resources. Most nursing homes accept Medicaid payment. If you qualify for Medicaid coverage, most of the costs of your care in a nursing home will be covered by the program.  Medicaid includes payment for room and board, as well as all necessary medical and non-medical goods and services. These can include skilled nursing care, physician’s visits, prescription medication, medication management, mental health counseling, social activities and assistance with Activities of Daily Living (eating, bathing, moving, dressing and using the bathroom).

There are some things that the Medicaid program won’t cover in a nursing home, such as a private room, specialized food, comfort items not considered routine (sweets and cosmetics, for example), personal reading items, plants, flowers, and any care services not considered medically necessary.

Those covered under the Medicaid program must contribute to the cost of their care with any resources available, such as pension and social security. The program allows each beneficiary to keep a small portion of their income for personal items that are not covered by the Medicaid program, but requires the remainder to be contributed toward the cost of care.

In addition to meeting the financial eligibility requirements, an individual will also have to meet the program’s clinical eligibility. The individual must require a Nursing Facility Level of Care, which means that the care needed is medically necessary and can only be provided in a nursing home setting.  The Area Agency on Aging will conduct an assessment to determine whether an individual qualifies for care under the program.  There is no cost associated with the assessment but it is a required part of the Medicaid application process.

Honorably discharged veterans who served in our armed forces and who need nursing home care may qualify for care through the VA system.  There are some eligibility and enrollment requirements based on income, disability level and geographic location.  Additionally, there are often limitations on where nursing home care can be accessed through the VA benefit.

Individuals at the end-stages of their disease process may also qualify for care under their hospice benefits. Typically, hospice is reserved for those who are terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less.  If qualified, hospice benefits typically cover care for the terminal illness and any related conditions.  You can receive hospice care in the nursing home setting, room and board while on hospice benefit will be paid privately or under Medicaid.

Understanding the various ways one can finance care in a nursing home can be overwhelming and confusing, particularly on top of the emotional stress involved in choosing the right nursing home.  According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, almost 40% will seek nursing home care in their lives.  Planning ahead will relieve some of the overwhelming burden.

Our staff at Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab can answer questions and help guide you when a nursing home need arises.  Founded in 1916, we offer a warm and inviting environment that has earned us a reputation as the region’s premier provider of short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, and memory care. We welcome people of all faiths to our Scranton, Pennsylvania, community that has an engaging social activities, entertainment, full-service dining, a family room for private celebrations, beauty salon, and landscaped patio with gorgeous views of the downtown area.

At Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab, A Jewish Senior Life Community (formerly the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania), our priority is our residents. We are honored that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your confidence, patience and cooperation.

Talk to our admissions team about care for your loved one, 570-344-6177 extension 1151, or complete an online admissions form >

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September 30, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

September 30, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the latest COVID-19 infection control guidance with relation…

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Second-Floor Renovation Project Gaining Definition

Second-Floor Renovation Project Gaining Definition

The second-floor project at Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab’s state-of-the-art, 1,200-square-foot Dialysis Den. The structure is taking shape as walls are being framed and a definitive layout is visible. (See accompanying photos). Work began in June 2022. We are partnering with DaVita Dialysis to develop the space, which will accommodate up to 30 residents in need of transitional care to…

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September 23, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

September 23, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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September 16, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

September 16, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the latest COVID-19 infection control guidance with relation to its impact on our residents and…

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What is Skilled Care?

What is Skilled Care?

Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab Explains Your Options

When faced with senior care decisions, it is important to understand the various options available and the services you can expect from each provider.

For example, the term “skilled care” is one that is folded into our name, Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab, A Jewish Senior Life Community (formerly the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania).

Skilled care typically refers to skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation services, ordered by your doctor, and provided by licensed health professionals, such as nurses and physical therapists. Skilled care is provided in a nursing facility setting, which is also referred to as a nursing home or a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services can also be provided in other health care settings, such as a home health provider or an inpatient rehabilitation hospital.  The Medicare program will often pay a portion of a skilled care stay provided in a nursing home setting when the nursing care and therapy services can only be safely and effectively performed by, or under the supervision of professionals or technical personnel. Skilled care providers offer around the clock licensed nurses to evaluate and manage a resident’s individual treatment plan.   Most skilled procedures are provided by registered nurses and rehabilitation therapists, with physicians available as needed. A skilled care stay is usually a goal-oriented and client centered short-term stay averaging 14 – 21 days. Goals are established with a primary focus of improving physical function while recuperating from an acute illness, injury or surgery.   At the conclusion of a skilled stay, individuals are often discharged back to their home in the community where they continue to live independently.

Individuals can also receive long-term care in a nursing facility.  Some residents need more day to day assistance than can be provided in their home which necessitates their transition to a longer term nursing home stay.  Care and services are typically focused on maintaining functional and/or cognitive capabilities and effective management of future declines.  The care focus expands to include permanent housing and social programming in addition to medical care.  Long-term nursing home care is typically paid by the consumer or through the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program.

Here, at Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab, A Jewish Senior Life Community, skilled nursing care is our specialty.

  • Our experienced licensed nursing team is on duty 24 hours a day along with certified nursing assistants that further enhance the care that each resident receives; and
  • Our high nurse-to-resident ratios, routine health assessments, and wide variety of nursing and therapy services provides each resident with an individualized plan of care to assist with reaching discharge goals.

We have built our reputation on years of clinical excellence, and are proud to offer a variety of rehabilitative services that can greatly enhance independence.  Our modern, well-equipped therapy department, staffed by licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists, offers:

  • Non-impact arm and leg exercises equipment.
  • Thera cycle which improves outcomes with persons with Parkinson’s.
  • Parallel bars and stairs to improve gait and balance
  • Ultrasound for pain, mobility, and wound healing
  • Moist heat, ultrasound, diathermy and electric stimulation to relieve pain and improve mobility
  • Electric stimulation for wound care.
  • Virtual Reality Equipment or VRE to address balance, endurance and mobility.
  • Short-term programs for transitioning from a hospital stay, staying safe at home, and other such needs

Today’s nursing home serves two very different patient populations.  We can provide more complex medical care and rehabilitation services for those recovering from surgery or illness to assist with their return to home and community settings. Additionally, we also provide long term support services that offer permanent support for day-to-day needs.

At Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab, we have a highly skilled nursing staff that has dedicated their careers to meeting the individual and unique needs of residents.  Contact Jodi Fitzsimmons at 570-344-6177 (EXT 1151) today for more information on how we can support you or your loved one through your journey.

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1101 Vine St.
Scranton, PA 18510
570-344-6177

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