When you’re facing issues dealing with health and aging, or making a decision about a long-term care or rehabilitation facility, you’ll want to do your homework. This list of resources will help keep you informed.
- What should I consider when searching for a nursing facility?
- How many residents do you serve, and what are the rooms like?
- What is the food like? Do you tailor meals to those with special dietary needs?
- What kinds of activities do you plan?
- Who does the laundry?
- What should I bring?
- What are my rights as a resident?
- Can my family and friends come to visit?
- Can pets visit?
- What are the results of your latest survey?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a comprehensive consumer guide to help you answer many of the questions you may have before making the important decision about the type of facility that’s right for you or your loved one. We encourage you to visit the nursing facility that you are considering, and meet with staff. Of course, we are also happy to answer any questions you have and discuss your options. Please feel free to contact us.
• Clothing (several changes of exercise clothing is a popular choice)
• Comfortable shoes
• Bathrobe and slippers
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
• Grooming items such as shaving equipment, hair brushes, and make-up
• Glasses and/or hearing aids
• Personal assistive devices, such as a walker or wheelchair
For a longer stay, please see our Social Service Director for a list of items.
We are committed to not only following the legal requirements for residents’ rights, we are constantly evaluating our approach to ensure everyone is treated with respect at all times.
When looking for long-term care or short-term recovery services, it’s important to understand what is and isn’t covered, and what forms of payment your provider will accept.
The Ellison John Transitional Care Center provides service and care to anyone regardless of race, creed, sex or national origin. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and private pay resources. The coverage of services and costs will vary based on your payer source’s rules, guidelines and eligibility requirements.
Below is a brief overview of the payment sources that we accept and some of the services covered, but you should contact your payer source for more information specific to your situation and coverage plan.
What does Medicare cover?
If you meet certain conditions, Medicare will cover for a short-term stay and skilled nursing or rehabilitation services such as physical therapy. Medicare will cover some of your costs for up to 100 days. For the first 20 days, Medicare covers 100 percent of your costs. For days 21 through 100, you will be required to pay coinsurance per day, and Medicare covers any balance. You pay 100 percent of costs for each day you stay after day 100.
Medicare does not cover non-skilled assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL), which make up the majority of long-term care services.
For more information about Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov
What does MediCal cover?
MediCal is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like long-term nursing home care and personal care services. MediCal covers the largest share of long-term care services, but to qualify, your income must be below a certain level and you must meet minimum state eligibility requirements. Such requirements are based on the amount of assistance you need with ADL, among other qualifications.
For more information, visit www.medicaid.gov or the California Department of Health Care Services
What does private insurance cover?
Most private health insurance cover only the same kinds of limited services as Medicare. If they do cover long-term care, it is typically only for skilled, short-term, medically-necessary care.
What does long-term care insurance cover?
Most long-term care insurance policies sold today are comprehensive. They typically allow you to use your daily benefit in a variety of settings, including a nursing home. If you have a long-term care insurance policy, the buyer pays a pre-set premium. The policy then pays for the services you need, when you need them (up to its coverage limits). The best way to find out which insurance companies offer long-term care coverage is to contact your state’s Department of Insurance.
How much does it cost to stay at The Ellison John Transitional Care Center?
Please call our Business office at 661-494-8600 for the current fees and services.
Where can I get more information about admission to The Ellison John Transitional Care Center?
Call 661-494-8600 and ask for our Admission Department or visit us at 43830 10th Street W., Lancaster.
Glossary of Terms
Following is a glossary of terms which may be helpful.
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
- Administration on Aging
- Advanced Directives
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)
- Durable Power of Attorney (DPAHC)
- Dual Eligibles
- Health Care Directive
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Hospice Care
- Living Will
- Long Term Care (LTC)
- Medicaid (Medical in California)
- Medicare Part A
- Medicare Part B
- Nurse, Licensed Vocational (LVN)
- Nurse, Registered (RN)
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Power of Attorney
- Pre-Admission Screening
- Resident Care Plan
- Respite Care
- Skilled Nursing Care
- Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
- Speech Therapy
The Internet can be a valuable research tool when searching for a care center or researching care options, or educating yourself about long-term and short-term clinical care, rehabilitation therapy or aging issues. As with any research, always verify the information you find and include physicians, relatives and experts you trust in your decision-making process.
• The American Health Care Association is a non-profit federation of affiliate state health organizations, representing more than 11,000 non-profit and for-profit care providers responsible for approximately one million elderly and disabled individuals each day.
• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. In addition, CMS works with states to run the Medicaid program. CMS works to make sure that the beneficiaries in its programs are able to get high-quality health care.
• California Department of Public Health is a government agency dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.
• California Department of Health Care Services provides Californians with access to affordable, integrated, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use treatment services and long-term care.
• California State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is authorized by the federal Older Americans Act and its State companion, the Older Californians Act to investigate and endeavor to resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, individual residents in long-term care facilities.
• McKnight’s Long-Term Care News is a business newsmagazine for companies and individuals who are providing long-term care in all areas of the continuum of care, from assisted living to skilled nursing.
• Medicare is the federal system of health insurance available to persons aged 65 and over.
• Medicaid is the federal and state-funded welfare program to provide health and medical services to individuals in need.
• The United States Administration on Aging is the federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. Through information, referral and outreach efforts at the community level, the Administration seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.
• Most states have a department of aging website — find your state’s using the search engine of your choice.