A Medicaid planning attorney at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can provide you with assistance in planning for the possibility you will need to move to a nursing home. It is important to make advanced plans in case you require nursing home care because there are wide discrepancies in quality from one nursing home to another. It is also important to make a plan in advance because nursing home care is very expensive and is not covered by Medicare or most insurance except in limited circumstances.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates will assist you in making sure you are prepared and ready in case age-related infirmity or a health issue sends you to a nursing care facility.
You should give us a call today to reach out to a Medicaid planning attorney and get your plans in place so you and your family are not left scrambling to find a facility in case you get sick and cannot live independently any longer. You can also read on to learn some of the key ways to find a nursing home that will provide you with high quality care.
How to Select A Nursing Home That Will Provide You With Quality Care
It’s important to do you research before you actually need nursing home care because if a decision must be made in a medical emergency, you may not have the time to do research to find the best home and you or your family may have a limited range of options as you look for any home you can find with available space.
When you are looking into nursing home options, there are a few key steps you can take to make sure you select the best care facility:
- Take advantage of resources to research nursing homes. One of the best resources available to you is Nursing Home Compare, which is available from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You can find out about Medicare and Medicaid approved nursing care facilities. You can search by the name of the facility or by the geographic location. You can also use resources available to you to do research into whether a nursing home has a history of citations or problems and into how well a nursing home is ranked.
- Visit care facilities that you are interested in. If there are particular care facilities that you think would be a good option for you, you should try to visit the facility several times. Pay attention when you go to the care facility to see how many members of the staff are working compared with the number of residents. Watch how staff members and residents interact. Look around to see if the facility is clean and if the residents appear to be well-cared for and tidy. You can also consider visiting at meal time to see if you enjoy the food.
- Review nursing home admissions paperwork. You want to determine what the admissions contract states, how protective it is of the rights of residents and whether it includes an arbitration clause that requires you to resolve disputes about abuse or neglect in arbitration instead of in litigation. An attorney can help you to review the contract terms to determine if they are reasonable and fair to residents.
There may also be other steps you need to take specific to your situation. For example, if you begin looking into care facilities because you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you want to find the right home before the dementia progresses, you will need to make sure that you have found a nursing home that specializes in memory care.
Getting Help from a Medicaid Planning Attorney
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates will not only provide advice on selecting a high quality nursing home but we can also provide you with assistance making certain that you can pay for the care facility you find. Nursing homes are very expensive and you could spend your entire life savings very quickly unless you have made plans to ensure your care costs will be covered.
To find out more about how a Medicaid planning attorney at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can help you to get the nursing home care that you need, join us for a free seminar. If you are ready to make your personalized nursing home plan so you can have the highest quality of life possible if you must move to a home — while still preserving your legacy — give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online today.