Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for admission to Lakeland Health Care Center?

Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), who will be glad to assist you with the admissions process.

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.

Is assistance available to apply for Medicaid?

Absolutely. Our experienced staff members will assist with the Medicaid application process.

What are the costs for care at Lakeland, if I pay privately?

Please call us at 973.839.6000 for our latest rate information.

May family members and friends visit?

Families and friends are always encouraged to be a part of the team. Whether you’re just trying to put a smile on your loved one’s face or be there as company during a meal, some of the best healing comes from the care and presence of family. Suggested visiting hours are daily, from 8am to 8pm. Should a friend or relative wish to visit at another time, s/he should speak with the Social Worker or Nursing Supervisor.

Can pets visit at Lakeland?

Lakeland is a pet-friendly facility. In fact, as part of our Pet Therapy program, several of our staff members bring their dogs to work with them! We encourage visitors to bring pets, provided that they are comfortable around people, and have up to date immunization records. For more information, please contact Trish Wilz, Recreation Director, at 973.839.6000.

What are the staffing ratios for nurses and nurses aides?

Lakeland has one of the highest nurse to resident staffing ratios in the region. We are also proud to have one of the highest staff retention rates in the industry, with exceptionally low staff turnaround, and virtually no agency nurses.

Can I choose my own doctor?

Many of the region’s leading physicians are credentialed to treat patients at Lakeland Health Care Center. If you wish to be followed by a doctor who is not currently on the list, please speak with the Admissions Director, and we will be happy to explore the possibility of arranging for credentialing.

Are medical specialty services available onsite?

A variety of medical subspecialists regularly visit Lakeland, as well as a podiatrist, dentist, optometrist and hearing aid specialist.

Can someone transfer to Lakeland from another nursing home?

Absolutely. Our Admissions and clinical staff will work with staff at the other home to facilitate a safe discharge.