Nursing home care is no longer all about leaving home

From Brandi Krajewski, WMC Marketing Director

 

Some nursing homes are also known as a skilled nursing facilities.

Did you know that if you have a medical need with a 3 day qualifying hospital stay within the past 30 days, and a physician who verifies your need for skilled care, Medicare will cover a short term stay at the nursing home?

At Winston Medical Center Nursing Home, we provide both long and short term stays.    It is a very common assumption that Medicare will pay for long term care.  This is not true.  Medicare will pay for short term for skilled care which means that the resident had a 3 day qualifying hospital stay and has a skilled need such as physical, occupational, speech therapy or  skilled nursing to provide wound care.

Medicare is health insurance for people over the age of 65, long-term care is a type of medical care that many people may need at some point in their lives.  However, Medicare does not pay for long-term care but will pay for beneficiaries who require skilled nursing or rehabilitative services up to 100 days, for which that resident qualifies to receive skilled care.

Winston Therapy Services offers Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy.  Our therapists have years of experience working with geriatric patients, and strive to return patients to their optimal functional level. “For the month of September, 100% of our skilled service patients were able to return home after receiving physical and occupational therapy during their skilled stay in long term care facility,” stated Melanie Kirk, Director of Winston Therapy Services.

According to Medicare, approximately 43 percent of people over the age of 65 are likely to spend time in a nursing home; of these, 24 percent will be there less than one year.  “We are seeing more and more short term skilled stays in the nursing home”, stated Fran Misso, Director of Nurses.  “Our residents are coming into the facility and are receiving therapy services and are returning to their homes where they are able to live independently,” stated Misso.

Winston Medical Center Nursing Home team consists of Physical, Occupational, Speech therapy, Licensed Social Worker, Nationally Certified Activities Director, Registered and Licensed Nurses, Registered Dietitian and on site Physicians.  Our team meets weekly to discuss our patient’s progress and plan for discharge stated Elaine Montgomery, MDS Coordinator.  Our team all have the same goal for all of our residents regardless if they are here for long term or short term care and that is to get stronger so that he or she can live more independently, stated Lacey Vowell, Administrator

Winston Medical Center is a 120 bed nursing and rehabilitation facility and offers a wide array of services including:  Long Term Care, 24-hour Skilled Nursing, Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy, Social Services, Directed Activities, Respiratory Therapy, Nutritional Services, and has an on site Dialysis Clinic and Mature Adult Unit.   If a resident is admitted to our facility and has a need for an Emergency Room visit they do not have to wait on an ambulance to arrive for transportation because our residents and his or her family has the comfort of knowing that the ER is a part of our entity, stated Vowell.

Tours of Winston Medical Center Nursing Home can be arranged Monday through Friday by calling  662-779-5111.  “We encourage each person who is looking at long or short term care to take the time to visit with us.  Our goal is to exceed your healthcare expectations,” stated Brandi Krajewski, Marketing Director.

To learn more about Winston Medical Center like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winstonmedicalcenter or visit our website at www.winstonmedical.org.

 

Patients enjoying a show during National Hospital and Nursing Home Week May 2013

Patients enjoying a show during National Hospital and Nursing Home Week May 2013