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Elder Law Day Series: “Know Your Rights When You Enter a Skilled Nursing Facility for Short-Term Rehabilitation (Coronavirus edition),” by Lindsay Heckler, Esq.
August 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDTFree
New York nursing homes are referred to by many names: skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation facility, nursing facility. Regardless of the name and the public’s perception, each is a nursing home, and each is required to provide short-term care and long-term care. The most common entry into a nursing home is from the hospital for ‘short-term rehabilitation’ after an individual suffers a fall or another medical event and has been hospitalized. Problems arise when a resident exhausts their Medicare coverage for short-term rehabilitation, otherwise does not qualify for Medicare, are not “improving”, and/or are told they need “long-term care”. In addition, many nursing home residents and their families do not necessarily realize they have rights and options. Our presentation will provide attendees information needed to fully understand their rights and options when they enter a nursing home for “short-term rehab.” Attendees will be provided the tools needed to effectively respond to nursing home staff when the resident and/or family is told: you need long-term care; Medicare will not pay because you are not improving; or you have exhausted your Medicare coverage. Attendees will receive handouts with information on these rights that will reinforce the tools they will gain to effectively respond and where to turn for assistance.