Frequently Asked Questions
You may wish to bring some items from home to make your stay more comfortable. The following items are recommended but not required:
- Glasses, hearing aids, dentures
- Comfortable sets of daytime clothes: sweat pants, t-shirts, shorts or any items that do not snap or button are recommended
- Toiletries: electric shaver, makeup etc.
- Comfortable shoes
- Non-slip slippers for nighttime use
- Sleepwear if you prefer not to wear the gowns provided
- Personal items such as photos, pillows or blankets etc.
- Advanced Directive
Clothing is labeled with the resident’s name by the facility with a quick heat press labeling system.
In house cable TV is available for a small monthly viewing charge if you bring your personal TV. We also have public televisions throughout the building. In room telephone services can be arranged through an outside service.
Does the facility have wifi?
Yes, wifi is offered at no additional charge to all residents and visitors.
We encourage residents to bring their cell phones to communicate with their friends and family. If a resident does not have a personal cell phone, Ellen Memorial has portable phones for residents to use.
If you are in the hospital because of an illness or surgery and subsequently need assistance with daily activities or walking, you could benefit from in-patient skilled nursing rehabilitation as a short-term rehab patient. We provide a variety of therapy services and specialized rehabilitation programs that help individuals return home with an optimal level of functioning.
We also have provisions for long-term care intended for individuals who can no longer live safely on their own at home.
In a skilled nursing facility Medicare Part A will pay for your room, meals, medication, rehabilitation services, medical supplies and activities. You must have a three-day hospital qualifying stay prior to admission to a skilled nursing facility. For each benefit period you will be responsible for:
- Days 1-20: There is no cost for the patient. Medicare pays the entire cost.
- Days 21-100: There is a $170.50 co-pay per day. (Rate changes annually.) If there is a Medicare supplement, we will verify the coverage and advise you what the supplement will pay.
- You will be responsible for all costs incurred past the 100th day.
The benefit period for Medicare Part A is a maximum of 100 days. You must meet Medicare criteria throughout your stay for Medicare to continue to pay. Most patients do not require a 100-day stay.
If you have any questions about Medicare coverage please contact the Business Office to clarify any questions you might have.
We offer physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Although the type and amount of therapy provided depends on the resident’s diagnosis and tolerance level, most residents receive approximately 2 to 2½ hours of therapy per day, five days per week.
Ellen believes that interacting with friends and family are essential for your recovery, therefore there are no restrictions to visiting hours.
The facility also offers dental services, optometry, psychology, psychiatry, podiatry, X-ray, laboratory, swallowing diagnostics, pharmacy and social services.
Our dietitian and food service director will carefully supervise your special dietary needs. The menu encompasses a wide variety of choices, and substitutions are readily available.