Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply for admission to Lakeland Health Care Center?
- How do I pay for the care at Lakeland?
- What portion of the nursing home stay is covered by Medicare?
- Is assistance available to apply for Medicaid?
- What are the costs for care at Lakeland, if I pay privately?
- May family members and friends visit?
- Can pets visit at Lakeland?
- What are the staffing ratios for nurses and nurses aides?
- Can I choose my own doctor?
- Are medical specialty services available onsite?
- Can someone transfer to Lakeland from another nursing home?
How do I pay for the care at Lakeland?Lakeland Health Care Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most HMOs and insurance plans.
What portion of the nursing home stay is covered by Medicare?Medicare benefits are available to people over 65 years of age and, in some cases, to those under 65. To qualify the individual must have a Medicare card that reads “hospital insurance” and must have spent a minimum of three consecutive days (not counting the day you are discharged) in a hospital. The hospital stay must not have occurred more than 30 days prior to admission to Lakeland. A physician must certify that the individual needs skilled nursing care on an on-going basis and the need for skilled nursing care must be related to the reason for the hospitalization.
Medicare Part A: Medicare will pay for a semi-private room, meals, nursing services, rehabilitation services, medications, supplies and durable medical equipment for up to 100 days of skilled care. Typically, for the first 20 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare covers 100 percent of skilled care. From day 21 through day 100, the resident must pay a daily co-insurance rate.
If at any time during these 100 days the need for skilled services ceases, Medicare may no longer cover and payment either becomes private pay or Medicaid (if eligible).
Medicare Part B: Residents who are covered under Part B are responsible for an annual deductible plus 20 percent of the total charges for services such as therapy. The deductible also applies to medical supplies.