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By Melinda Young
When hospitalized patients need to be transitioned to a skilled nursing facility (SNF), one of the first hurdles is finding the right place.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston has developed a one-page tool to help families with this decision. Here are a few excerpts from the tool, titled “Touring a Skilled Nursing Facility:”
• What questions should I ask?
- Do you have a full-time rehab (physical, occupational, and speech therapy) staff on site?
- How much therapy will I receive?
- What types of insurance do you accept?
- Is there a waitlist for admission?
- What is the average rehabilitative stay?
- Were there any issues with your recent health inspection? If so, how are you addressing them?
- What are your visitation policies?
- Is there any additional cost for services not covered by insurance, such as laundry, cable, and hairdresser?
• What should I look for?
- Does the facility appear to be clean, well-maintained, and free from unpleasant odors?
- Is the staff engaged with patients in a positive and respectful way?
- Do staff members greet you as you tour the building?
• What areas should I ask to see?
- Gym/therapy areas;
- Dining room;
- Shared areas where patients can visit with family and friends.
Financial Disclosure: Author Melinda Young, Author Jeanie Davis, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Editor Jonathan Springston, Editorial Group Manager Leslie Coplin, and Nurse Planner Toni Cesta, PhD, RN, FAAN, report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study.