Making Arrangements at a Nursing Home

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Have a nursing home selected, but don't quite know what to expect next? Your first step is to contact the nursing home; that will start the admission process. The nursing home admission director will walk you through everything. Below is a list of information commonly asked for in the admission process*:
  • Payment information: gather insurance information and the policy numbers
  • Medical history
  • Current health status
  • List of current medicines
  • List of current health care providers (include names and contact information)
  • List of emergency contacts (include names and contact information)
  • Health care advanced directives. These are written documents that state how you want your medical decisions made in the case you are unable to make them yourself. If you don’t have advanced directives or need help, contact your current doctor or the nursing home staff.
Once all the information is collected and processed, a move-in date will be provided. Not sure what to bring and what to leave? Read our tips on moving into a nursing home.

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Learn more about nursing homes:

How to select the best nursing home
What to look for during a nursing home tour
Tips for moving into a nursing home
Tips for living at a nursing home

*List is taken from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home". A copy of the pdf can be obtained at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.