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Admission Paperwork

The more information that  you are able to give the nursing home staff, the better able they will be to meet your loved one's needs. Bringing along the following lists or copies of information on admission day will also speed up the process:

  • Health care coverage information (including enrollment in medical insurance, long-term care insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or Veterans Affairs benefits). Include the name of the insurance company and the policy number.
  • Current and past health problems, surgeries, allergies and treatments. You may request the doctor to provide this information to you or directly to the nursing home. If your loved one is coming from a hospital or assisted living facility, the facility can provide this information to the nursing home.
  • Current medications, including the dosage. If your loved one is coming from home, it may be helpful to bring the medications themselves to the nursing home as the labels can provide precise information. If he or she is coming from the hospital their medications may have been changed during the admission. Even if you have current medications, the nursing home cannot use these medications.
  • Current doctors including names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • Family members to call in case of an emergency. Include more than one, if possible, along with names, addresses, and phone numbers.
  • Advance directives, if any exist.
  • Legal documents naming a Financial Power of Attorney, or a Guardian.
  • Prepaid burial arrangements, if any exist.

Also, the admission contract and other forms will need to be signed at the nursing home prior to admission.

Completing the necessary paperwork in a timely fashion and providing all the information that the nursing home may need to care for your loved one will make the transition to the nursing home easier for him or her and for you.