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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Pre-admission Screening (PAS)?

A. PAS is the process which consists of an application, a comprehensive assessment of needs, a plan of care, and a finding or decision about the most appropriate placement.

The application or referral will initiate an appointment with the nurse or social worker member of the PAS team.  Your doctor will also become a PAS team member.

The nurse or social worker meets with you and your family to discuss your medical problems, how much help you need with activities of daily living, and the kind of help you receive in your home.  Based on the assessment and knowledge of alternative services in your area, the PAS team recommends either nursing home care or continued living at home. 

Q. What if I need Medicaid to help pay my bill?

A. Statistics show that approximately 98% of all persons admitted to a long term care facility need Medicaid to assist with the bill within two (2) years.  If you seek Medicaid for your nursing home care, you will need to provide information to the Division of Children and Family.

Q. What is the Long-term Care Ombudsman?

A. Ombudsman is a Swedish word meaning citizen’s representative.  A Long-term Care Ombudsman serves as an advocate who seeks to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of people who are consumers of Long-Term Care services.

Q. What are Advance Directives?

A. Advance Directives are legal documents that allow you to put in writing what kind of health care you would want or name someone who can speak for you if you were to ill to speak for yourself. 

These legal documents help ensure your wishes are followed, but it’s important to talk to your family, friends, and health care providers about your wishes.


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