Questions to Ask of a Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Center

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Center at Northridge, The

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May 07, 2021

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Colorado - Denver Metro

What is a Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Facility?
It is a short-term rehabilitation facility where stable patients go after a hospital stay. The stay is intended to help people get stronger, practice independence and prepare for returning home.
What do I need to bring to a Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Facility?
Patients should bring enough comfortable clothing for one week. Please bring shoes that are comfortable and allow for walking if appropriate. Patients should also bring anything that could make their stay here more comfortable: examples: robe, favorite blanket, pajamas, pictures of family, books, puzzles, etc (please do not bring valuables)

How often will I see a doctor?
This depends on the medical need of the patient and the physician group. Unlike the hospital, you will most likely not see a doctor every day. You will see a Doctor, Physician's Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner within 72 hours of admitting, and as needed after that initial visit. Doctors are not in the building 24/7. Physician groups have a triage line that nursing can call 24/7 if necessary. The doctors typically do not work for the rehabilitation center. They belong to independent physician groups and manage the medical care of the patients.

How much therapy will I receive during my stay?
This is different for each patient. The therapy department creates an individualized treatment plan for every patient. Therapy is hard work for patients, and proper rest is equally important. If you would like additional therapy, please discuss this with your therapist. Rehabilitation centers typically offer therapy 7 days per week.

Who pays for the stay at a skilled nursing facility?
Each patient is ultimately responsible for their stay. Typically, insurance pays for all or most of your stay. Every person has different insurance, so it is up to you to provide your insurance information so the center can determine what they will and won't pay.
What happens when my insurance stops paying for my stay?
At some point your insurance company will stop paying for your stay. Regular updates are sent to your insurance company, and they use that information to determine when they stop paying. When your insurance stops paying for your stay, you will receive as much notice as possible, at a minimum you will receive written notice three days prior to this happening. This will allow for you to finalize other arrangements. Patients either discharge from the rehabilitation facility or they pay privately to continue their short stay.

When can I go home?
There are four main factors that go into setting an appropriate discharge date. 1. The physician is monitoring your medical condition to make sure you are stable enough to go home. 2. The therapy team is working with you to meet your desired goals and to prepare you for a safe return home. 3. The nursing staff is monitoring and assessing your health and ability to perform daily tasks. 4. Your case manager is working with outside service providers to ensure you have everything you need in place at home for a successful discharge. But ultimately, your stay at a Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation facility is a voluntary stay. As such, you are free to go home when you choose.


Editor's Note: This article was submitted by the Executive Director at The Center at Northridge and may be reached at 303-280-4444

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