Frequently Asked Questions

Patients and their families often have many questions when making the choice to receive skilled nursing care.  With so many options along the health care continuum, Liberty can help you decide the best option for your loved one.

How is care paid for in a nursing home?

Several options are available to pay for skilled nursing home care, including Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, long-term care policies, insurance, and private pay. Our facilities in North Carolina participate with several insurance plans. Some of these plans have co-pay or co-insurance amounts that the patient is responsible for paying. Patients must have a skilled or medical need in order for Medicare and insurance to pay for services in a skilled nursing facility. The Business Office or Admissions Office can conduct a financial verification and review with you what type of coverage is in place for the patient and what out of pocket costs may exist.

How does Medicare pay for services in a skilled nursing facility?

Medicare offers a 100 day benefit. For Medicare to pay for a skilled nursing stay, the patient must have a three day qualifying hospital stay. Traditional Medicare pays 100% on days 1 to 20 and days 21 to 100 have a $141.50 co-insurance amount the patient is responsible to pay. This co-insurance amount is set by Medicare and changes each January. Patients must have a skilled or medical need for Medicare to pay for these services.

Do patients have access to therapy?

All patients have access to physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Upon admission, patients receive an evaluation to determine the amount of therapy they need, including the amount they can tolerate. There is no minimum amount of therapy the patient must tolerate each day, to qualify for admission to a skilled nursing facility.

How long does a patient receive short-term rehabilitation?

Each patient is different, therefore how long they receive rehabilitation depends on their progress in therapy, as well as their complete medical condition and history. Short term patients typically average 2 to 6 weeks in skilled care.

Can a patient be admitted from home?

A patient may be admitted from home. We recommend an appointment with the primary care physician. The physician completes paperwork for the skilled facility to review, including an FL2, medications list, medical history, and physical. For Medicare and certain insurances to pay for skilled care, the patient must have a skilled or medical need and a 3 day qualifying hospital stay.

Does a physician have to refer a patient for admission?

Depending on the type of payment, a physician’s certification that a patient needs skilled care is necessary. Our facilities receive a wide range of referrals, including from physicians, hospitals, acute rehab, long-term acute care, assisted living facilities, elder care attorneys, adult day care, and public agencies.

Who will be taking care of the patient?

Our facilities employ certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses to provide nursing care, medication administration, and assistance with activities of daily living. Our therapy departments have licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists, as well as physical therapy assistants and occupational therapy assistants. A physician also oversees the care of a patient.

What types of things should a patient wear?

Bring clothing items a patient can easily move in during therapy or their nursing care sessions. We recommend patients wear items that they are comfortable in. We suggest packing 5 nightgowns or pajamas, 7 pairs of underwear, 7 pairs of socks, 6 pairs of pants, shorts or sweatpants, 6 shirts or t-shirts, 2 pairs of tennis shoes or rubber soled shoes, 2 pairs of bedroom slippers, and 2 sweaters or sweatshirts. Patients are dressed each morning.

What personal items may a patient bring?

The facility provides basic items, such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, bedding, towels and wash cloths, and gowns. Please bring specific brands that a patient prefers, so they feel as comfortable as possible. Patients often bring photographs of family, motivational items, and personal cell phones. Speak with facility staff about bringing furniture items to ensure they comply with State fire codes.

Can a patient go home for the holiday, a weekend, or a day visit?

Patients may occasionally want to leave the facility for a family gathering or holiday celebration. Please talk with the facility social worker about planning a leave of absence. There are certain restrictions that apply based on the patient’s current medical condition, as well as who is paying for the care.

Does a patient need to be a certain age for admission?

Our facilities treat patients who range in age. However, we do not have a pediatric rehabilitation program. Each facility reviews a referral based on the clinical need of the patient and the existing population currently being treated.

What kinds of room accommodations are available?

Our skilled nursing facilities offer both private and semi-private room accommodations. Some facilities provide dedicated short-term rehabilitation units that offer private rooms with a television and phone. Our large semi-private rooms allow patients to have private space and the peer support when they need it the most. Click here for a list of our locations.

What will my loved one do when they are not in therapy?

Oftentimes, patients are tired following their therapy sessions. Our facilities encourage patients to participate in facility activities that may include men’s groups and women’s group, community outings, book clubs, access to a putting green, movie nights, exercise groups, use of the Wii, and computer use with wireless internet access. In addition to monitoring a patient’s condition, nurses provides basic education to the patient and family about medications, how to monitor blood sugars, and basic medical condition information.

What visiting hours can patients and families expect?

All our facilities encourage family and friends to visit with patients and to actively participate in physical therapy and occupational therapy. Visiting hours are posted within each facility lobby and generally are 8:30 am until 8:00 pm. These hours are suggested guidelines, so that patients may receive an adequate amount of rest each day. Please talk with the social worker or the nurse manager to arrange an alternative visiting time.

Can a patient see his/her primary care physician during their stay?

Patients are assigned an attending physician at admission. Our facilities have a medical director and other physicians who are assigned to oversee the care patients receive during their stay. Contact the Admissions Office for a complete list of the physicians who have privileges at the facility. Please let us know your physician’s name, and we will contact them about getting credentialed to see patients.