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Short-term care F.A.Q.          Long-term care F.A.Q.
 

Frequently Asked Questions - REHABILITATION / SHORT-TERM CARE

When and how often will the patient be seen for rehab?

Our rehabilitation team conducts a full evaluation as soon as possible after admission and treatment begins shortly thereafter. The intensity and frequency of therapy is determined by the patientís condition, goals, and physician approval .


How long will the rehab last?

Within 48 hours of admission, the team will assess the patientís current status, review the hospital paperwork, and discuss the expected Length of Stay, which could be as short as one week, or longer as your condition requires. You will be communicating regularly with your team of care providers as you work to achieve your goals. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, require evidence of ongoing improvement in order to cover your stay. For example, if a patient is able to walk five feet with a walker one day, he must demonstrate the ability to walk more than five feet in the next few days. We will work closely with you to ensure you are ready to be discharged when your insurance is coming to an end.


Do I need to bring clothing in?

Your rehabilitation stay is the next step in returning to your previous routine and lifestyle, so you should plan to be up and dressed every day. We recommend comfortable clothing and supportive shoes (such as sneakers and non-skid walking shoes). Make sure to bring enough clothing to allow for laundry service (usually 4-6 of each item such as slacks, tops, and undergarments). Laundry is done daily. Please be sure the patientís last name is in all clothing. Maristhill laundry staff can apply labels if requested.


When does the Physician see the patient and how often?

All new patients are seen and evaluated by the Physician/Nurse Practitioner within 48 hours of admission and then regularly and as needed throughout the course of the patientís rehabilitation stay. The Maristhill nursing staff is also in contact by phone with the Physician/Nurse Practitioner on a regular basis, notifying them of any significant changes in the patientís condition and obtaining approval for any/all treatments/medication changes. If the patient is sick, the MD/Nurse Practitioner is always contacted. They will decide if a visit is appropriate. They may order various tests, such as labs, x-rays, EKG, which can be performed on-site. The MD/NP will discuss options of care with the nursing staff and will make every effort to treat the patient at Maristhill (i.e. IVís, antibiotic or oxygen therapy, pain management). If the illness is too acute to be treated in-house, the resident will be transferred to the hospital.


How does the discharge work?

Successful discharge planning starts before admission. The Admissions staff at Maristhill will ask the patient about their home environment, previous lifestyle, and community supports. A meeting with Social Service, Rehabilitation, and Nursing is scheduled with the patient and caregivers/family shortly after admission. This meeting gives everyone the opportunity to discuss goals and start to plan for a safe discharge. The team is always available for questions during the patientís stay. Your social worker will facilitate the discharge planning process and make sure you have what you need for services and follow-up once you go home.


Frequently Asked Questions - LONG-TERM CARE:

Do people have to be Catholic to be admitted to Maristhill?

No. Maristhill embraces people of all denominations. In fact, our Spiritual Care Department visits all residents in order to provide support or assist them in practicing their faith of choice.


How much clothing should I bring in?

Make sure to bring enough clothing to allow for laundry service (4-6 of each item such as slacks, tops, and undergarments will do). Laundry is picked up daily in the rooms, unless family elects to do it themselves. Please do not bring any delicate fabrics as they will not survive our industrial machines! It is important that each item be labeled with the residentís last name. Maristhill laundry staff can apply labels if requested.


Do I need to bring in incontinence pads for the resident?

No, Maristhill provides incontinence pads. However, some residents have a preferred brand of brief, which you would need to supply.


When does the Physician see the resident and how often?

All new patients are seen and evaluated by the Physician/Nurse Practitioner within 48 hours of admission, and then at least monthly for the first three months. The Maristhill nursing staff is also in contact by phone with the Physician/Nurse Practitioner on a regular basis, notifying them of any significant changes in the patientís condition and obtaining approval for any/all treatments/medication changes.


If the resident is sick, will the physician come in to see them?

If the patient is sick, the MD/Nurse Practitioner is always contacted. They will decide if a visit is appropriate. They may order various tests, such as labs, x-rays, EKG, which can be performed on-site. It is very disruptive for a long-term resident to be transferred to the hospital, so The MD/NP will discuss options of care with the nursing staff and make every effort to treat the patient at Maristhill (i.e. IVís, antibiotic or oxygen therapy, pain management) before arranging hospital transfer.


How will you know what medications to give the resident? Do we need to bring in a list?

If the resident is being admitted from a hospital, they will be accompanied by a discharge summary, listing all current medications and doses and summarizing the residentís hospital course. All residents or their families are also asked to provide a detailed list of home medications so that we may check to see all needed medications are given.


What are the policies regarding outings or leaving the facility for an overnight stay elsewhere?

If Medicare is paying for your room and board, overnight outings are not permitted, and daytime outings are strictly limited, as the Medicare ďskilledĒ benefit requires demonstration of the need for specialized care such as rehabilitation or nursing that can only be done in the facility. On the other hand, MassHealth recipients are currently entitled to a 10-day ďNon-Medical Leave of AbsenceĒ per 12-month period. Private pay residents may also go out overnight if they are clinically cleared and it is safe to do so.


What if my family member has a problem with his/her roommate?

Maristhill makes every effort to place residents with compatible roommates. However, there are occasions when the placement is not a good fit. In such cases, the social worker will meet with the resident/family to come up with a solution which may involve a room change.


Can we bring in medications from home for use in the facility?

Because of strict state and federal regulations, medications brought in from home must be in prescription bottles or bubble packs clearly labeled with residentís name, name of the medication, the dosage and dosage instructions. We cannot accept any medication that has been removed from its original container or that is not clearly identifiable. The admitting nurse will assess our ability to use any home medications based on these guidelines.

     

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Maristhill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides health care services to older adults and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or familial status.

We are a member of Covenant Health, a Catholic not-for-profit organization, and we are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

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Are you a care giver...?

We understand the challenges of caring for a loved one at home, and offer respite care so at-home caregivers can have an opportunity to deal with their own medical issues or simply take a much needed break.

Please ask our Admission Director about this service.


 



 
  
  

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