Selecting a Skilled Nursing Facility
A letter from Glen Roebuck, Executive Director of Home, Outpatient and Senior Living Services
With more than 30 years working in senior health care, and as the Executive Director of Home, Outpatient and Senior Living Services for Genesis Health System, I have a unique perspective regarding the selection of a skilled nursing facility for you or your family member. On a personal note, I have also done this for my family members, both in the Quad Cities as well as in other communities around the country. If you are reading this, your care team at Genesis has determined that you will need the services provided within a skilled nursing facility (“nursing home”) for at least a brief period of rehabilitation. The points below are designed to offer some recommendations in your decision-making:
Please be aware that Genesis Health System offers both short term rehabilitation and long term care services on our Silvis (illini Restorative Care), and DeWitt (West Wing Place) campuses. Each of these facilities is highly regarded for their service, safety and quality of care. Should these locations be most appropriate for you, we welcome the opportunity to seamlessly continue your health care services within one of our outstanding facilities.
We recognize that these locations may not work for all of our patients and their families. We have engaged in partnerships with area facilities, placing full time Genesis Nurse Practitioners in these facilities to enhance the level of care and medical oversight. Nurse Practitioners currently provide services at the following Genesis Preferred Providers:
Please note that the likelihood of a patient requiring readmission to the hospital drops by 50% when a patient goes to a facility where a Genesis Nurse Practitioner is on site five days/week.
The decision to admit to a skilled nursing facility is often a difficult and emotional decision for the patient and family. This is more challenging in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage those patients and families making these decisions to seek services at the locations noted above.
Medicare provides a five-star rating program for many health care organizations, including skilled nursing facilities. You can review the most current findings at www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html
Below are the current star ratings of our preferred providers as of June 2020:
You may find facilities in the area with similar five star ratings. Some facilities achieve higher ratings, but do not provide care for acutely-ill patients. This is true in the Quad Cities. The providers selected above have established themselves as consistent providers of quality care over many years. Other pertinent questions to ask of facilities when considering admission include:
- What is your current rate of readmitting patients back to the hospital within 30 days?
- How frequently do you care for people with my (or my family member’s) medical condition?
- How many days per week can I (or my family member) expect to receive physical, occupational and speech therapy services at the facility?
- How often will a physician or nurse practitioner be available to see me (or my family member)?
The information presented above stems from my years of experience, conversations with hundreds of patients and families, and information and expertise regarding what is most important in selecting a skilled nursing facility. Each patient and family’s needs are different, and identifying the correct fit for you includes more than just the closest facility, or the one with the newest décor. We hope this information is helpful in your decision-making process. Should you have further questions, please contact your Care Coordinator.
Executive Director, Home, Outpatient and Senior Living Services
Genesis Health System
Click on the link below to view a list of skilled nursing providers throughout the Quad Cities area