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Davis Life Care Center admission
procedures and policies

What you need to know about nursing home admission

Woman resident
We will help you every step of the way in making the best accommodations for your loved one.

Many people discover that admitting a loved one to a nursing home entails far more than they ever imagined. We understand this and here at Davis Life Care Center, our admission staff works closely with you and help you through every step of the way.

To help you understand what to expect, we’ve outlined the admission procedure below. Keep in mind that this is an overview of how admission works and that each individual has his or her own special circumstances. Please call or e-mail us with your questions.

Admission to a Davis Life Care Center facility

Gaining admission to one of Davis Life Care Center’s nursing homes follows a set of procedures which consider the potential resident’s living status, medical criteria, and payment options.

Our administrative and medical staffs examine details in each of these areas during the admission process. These procedures are not unique to Davis Life Care Center facilities and will be encountered in one way or another at virtually any skilled nursing center.

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form Resident Inquiry Form

If you are planning to admit a loved to one of our care facilities, it may be to your benefit to download, print and fill out one of our resident inquiry forms and bring it on your first visit. It is not necessary that you do this, however, we will ask you for this information on your first visit, so having it ready may help to expedite your loved one's admission.

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Long-term care standards

Any person admitted to long-term care must demonstrate a deficiency in one or more of the following life skill areas:

  • Toileting
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Transferring (Ability to help one’s self
    in and out of a wheel chair or other
    ambulatory assistive device)
  • Mental illness or dementia

Admitting orders

Residents are admitted to our skilled nursing centers, Davis East and Davis West, only with an “admitting order” signed by an attending physician, referring physician or the medical director of Davis Life Care Center.

Understanding admission criteria

When admitting a resident, our administrative and medical staffs examine these criteria to determine admission status, treatment levels, and payment methods.

Patient living status

  • Lives independently
  • Lives with family, guardian or
    other responsible individual or group
  • Hospitalized

Admission source

  • Self referral
  • Family, guardian, or other
    responsible person referral
  • Medical referral

Medical history/records

  • Has personal physician
  • Medical records/history available
  • Has no personal physician
  • Medical records/history not available

Financial status

  • Has private insurance, medicare and medicare supplement
  • Has medicare and medicare supplement
  • Has medicare but no medicare supplement
  • Has no health coverage

How payment methods are determined

Different combinations of the admission criteria above determine how payment is made. To help you better understand how these criteria work together, we have created the chart below.

Keep in mind that this is an overview of how admission works and that each individual has his or her own special circumstances. Please call or e-mail us with your questions.

On this chart, you will find some of the most frequent combinations of circumstances and how payment is set up for each. The information in the "Patient status, admission procedure" column dictates the arrangements in the two other columns to the right.

Patient status,
admission procedure
Referral, medical records / history Financial arrangements and payment
Lives independently, or with relatives or other responsible person. Has medicare, medicare supplement, and private insurance. Has own personal physician. May be referred by relative or other responsible person or self referral.
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Individual, relative or other responsible person requests admitting order from his or her doctor. Doctor writes admitting order, provides medical records/history to Davis Life Care Center medical director. Each potential resident is assessed by the admission team. 

All assessments are reviewed and approved by our medical director.  Upon approval the attending physician completes  the physician's admitting orders.
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Medicare pays for up to 100 days* upon admission if the resident has not been in a skilled rehab unit within the last 60 days. Medicare covers 100% of cost for the first 20 days. 

On the 21st day, medicare covers 80% of cost and supplemental insurance covers 20% for the medicare rehab stay. 

Resident may chose to stay in the nursing facility after rehab if their medical condition continues to meet the standards for long term care. Payment will be private pay or medicaid.
Lives independently, or with relatives or other responsible person. Does not have medicare or supplement. May be referred by relative or other responsible person or self referral.
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Individual requests admission. DLC medical director orders medical workup at a hospital. Davis Life Care Center medical director reviews workup results, assesses level of care and writes admitting order.
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Medicaid covers 100% of costs, less the resident's income, less $40.00 of income for personal use and less any medical insurance premiums. 

The resident's total assets must be less than $2,000.00 and must own no more than one real property.

If the resident has more than $1,890.00 in income, then income is rolled into a medicaid trust at a financial institution. Payments are made from the trust throughout the long term care stay.
Potential resident is hospitalized, has medicare, medicare supplement and private insurance, and is referred from the hospital by his or her attending physician to Davis Life Care Center.
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Doctor writes admitting order, provides medical records/history to Davis Life Care Center medical director. Each potential resident is assessed by the admission team. 

All assessments are reviewed and approved by our medical director.  Upon approval the attending physician completes the physician's admitting orders.
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Medicare pays for up to 100 days* upon admission if the resident has not been in a skilled rehab unit within the last 60 days. Medicare covers 100% of cost for the first 20 days. 

On the 21st day, medicare covers 80% of cost and supplemental insurance covers 20% for the medicare rehab stay.
Medicare pays for up to 100 days upon admission if the resident has not been in a skilled rehab unit within the last 60 days. Medicare covers 100% of cost for the first 20 days. 

Resident may chose to stay in the nursing facility after rehab if their medical condition continues to meet the standards for long term care. Payment will be private pay or medicaid.
Potential resident is hospitalized, has no medicare or private insurance and is referred from the hospital by an attending physician to Davis Life Care Center.
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Attending physician at hospital writes admitting order, provides medical records/history to Davis Life Care Center medical director. Each potential resident is assessed by the admission team. 

All assessments are reviewed and approved by our medical director.  Upon approval the attending physician completes the physician's admitting orders.
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Medicaid covers 100% of costs, less the resident's income, less $40.00 of income for personal use and less any medical insurance premiums. 

The resident's total assets must be less than $2,000.00 and must own no more than one real property.

If the resident has more than $1,890.00 in income, then income is rolled into a medicaid trust at a financial institution. Payments are made from the trust throughout the long term care stay.

*According to Federal regulations, Medicare coverage will be terminated when a resident meets his or her treatment potential or refuses prescribed treatment.

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