There are many myths surrounding nursing homes. This can include what insurance can and cannot pay, what Medicaid or Medicare will not cover and the right that the nursing home residents have. Here’s a look at some of the myths surrounding nursing homes and what the actual reality is.
- Medicaid Does Not Pay for the Services You Want. This is a myth. Medicaid residents are legally entitled to any of the other services that are provided to residents within the nursing home facility. However, some of the private rooms may not be covered but should still be offered to Medicaid residents at a cost.
- Only The Nursing Home Staff Will Determine Your Healthcare. This is a myth. Residents of nursing homes as well as their families are allowed to develop a healthcare plan with any physician that they choose. You are in control of your healthcare when you are in a nursing home. However, some nursing homes require that you still seen the nursing home provided healthcare provider.
- Physical Therapy Must Be Stopped When Progress Has Stopped. Therapy such as occupational and physical therapy may be able to be continued regardless of how much progress has been made. In fact, Medicare will still pay for physical therapy regardless of the amount of progress that has been made.
- Family Visiting Hours are Restricted. Family members of nursing home residents are allowed to visit the nursing home at any time day or night. This allows family members to check up and make sure that there is no abuse and/or neglect happening to their family member.