Nursing Home Checklist

Nursing Home Checklist For Care Receiver

Coastwide Senior Care’s nursing home checklist will help you prepare and make an informed decision when you consider placing your loved one in a nursing home. Moving to a nursing home, while an emotionally charged decision, requires going through multiple steps so that the important transition is smooth and stress-free.

An evaluation checklist is useful for you and your family for the admittance process, and if your loved one is in a hospital, the first five actions to be taken will be handled by the hospital staff. And if not, you are required to seek an appointment with a primary care physician to manage the following things-to-do while preparing to move your loved to a convalescent home.

Physician’s Note For Admission To A Professional Nursing Facility

A doctor is required to confirm the need for a patient to visit and live in a nursing home for skilled care, and this step is just like a physician writing a prescription.

Physician’s Order for Treatment And Medication

At the nursing home, your loved one will be seen by a new physician and caregiving staff, and to look after him or her, they will require permission from the hospital staff or a primary care physician.

New Physical Examination And Update Of Medical History

The nursing home’s attending physician needs up-to-date information on your loved one. The primary care physician will perform a physical and write up a current medical history of the patient.

Mandatory Form Required By Your State

Regulations require a filled form, named differently in each state, certifying that the patient needs care in a nursing home and the medical concerns can only be addressed at a professional and licensed facility. A primary care physician or a hospital can fill out the form, which is available at any nursing home. This critical form is also the first step for receiving financial assistance.

Chest X-Ray Or TB Test

Nursing homes are obligated to test residents for tuberculosis, which is an airborne communicable disease, and Coastwide Senior Care ensures it does so.

Finishing Admissions Paperwork

Paperwork can be completed before or on the day of the patient’s admission. In most cases, forms related to admission are filled at the nursing home facility with the help of a staff member. Due to federal and state laws regulating the nursing homes, a patient has to bring along the social security card and sign many forms. The signing of forms serves as evidence of the patient having read the legally required rules and terms of service, and then finally gives consent to be treated.

Financial Assessment Of Patient

As the means to pay for nursing care is required to be established, the patient and his or her family disclose financial information along with supporting paperwork and also answer the following questions: 

Does the patient have supplemental insurance and is enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare (Part A or B) or planning to apply?

Is the patient a recipient of government or private pension, veterans’ benefits, SSI funds, or railroad retirement benefits?

What are the assets of the patient including checking and savings accounts, cash, bonds, stocks, trust funds, real estate holdings, and CDs?

Is the patient a holder of any life insurance policies that are paid-up, long-term care insurance or paid-up burial insurance?

Has the patient transferred assets in the last few years?

What is the status of the patient’s living situation? Is the patient living in one’s own home or on rent? And what is the amount of mortgage payment or monthly rental being paid?