Choosing a nursing home can be very a difficult decision. To better serve our prospective residents and their families, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions with some basic answers. As always, we encourage you to speak directly with our Social Worker about your family’s questions and concerns.
Q: What does the admission process entail?
A: The Department of Social Services will assist family members and prospective residents in the skilled nursing facility admissions process. After a resident application is filled out, we review the prospective residents medical records, conduct a prospective resident screening and interview both the applicant and their primary caregiver to ensure that we would be able to meet the prospective resident’s needs.
Q: What can a resident bring?
A: This will be their home. We encourage residents to bring things with them that make them feel as comfortable as possible as long as space permits. Here is a partial list of items that can be brought to St. Joseph's Home: lamps, fan, clothes, wheelchair, a comfortable chair, bedspread, comforter, afghans, pictures, clock, calendar, electronics, and personal hygiene items.
Q: What does continuity mean?
A: Our nursing staff are given assignments on each wing to provide a continuity of care, thereby each resident becomes very familiar with those who are assisting in their care.
Q: How do we pay?
A: There are a number of ways that nursing home care can be financed. Private funds, Medicare, Medicaid and or insurance (long term care insurance policies). We encourage you to reach out to our Social Worker of business office to explore the ways in which your prospective residents care can be paid for.
Q: What do we do about a resident's personal finances?
A: St. Joseph's Home offers a personal finances account for each resident. Residents and their families have the option to appoint us the responsibility of handling the resident’s personal funds account, or a family member who has been appointed power of attorney can retain that responsibility and assist in paying for personal items.
Q: What are some of the personal services offered residents?
A: At St. Joseph’s Home residents can have their personal shopping done, receive beauty salon services, see a dentist, participate in social activities, attend religious services, and have their clothes laundered for them, amongst many other things.