When is it Time for a Nursing Home?

When is it Time for Nursing Home Care?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides important information in its Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home.

When is it time to consider nursing home placement?
It's never easy to make the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, however, when your loved one begins to experience declining health due to chronic illness and functional disabilities, the time might be right. Nursing homes are licensed by the State of New York to provide skilled nursing care and assistance that can no longer be provided in the home or in an enriched housing or assisted living environment.

How do I know if my loved one needs skilled nursing home care?
To determine if an individual qualifies for skilled nursing care, a specially trained registered nurse (RN) performs a Patient Review Instrument ( PRI ). The PRI is valid for 90 days, unless there is a significant change in the resident's condition.

  • A resident in the community may have a PRI done at home at home through a visiting nurses agency or the county Public Health department. The fee is about $150.
  • Hospitalized patients seeking placement in a skilled nursing facility placement will receive priority over persons in the community. Hospital staff can perform a PRI and screen as part of the discharge plan.

How do I apply for nursing home admission?
The admission process includes a written universal application with personal and financial information, PRI and NYS screen and personal interview. In addition, Eddy Nursing Homes require completion of an Eddy Application form.


How do I pay for nursing home care?
There are several ways to pay for nursing home care, including:

  • personal resources
  • help from your state through Medicaid
  • long-term care insurance
  • Medicare (for sub-acute rehabilitation stays)

Frequently asked billing questions.

How can I determine the quality of a skilled nursing home?
Medicare has a web site that has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Go to www.medicare.gov/NHcompare.

It is also important to schedule a visit to the facility. A visit gives you the chance to see the residents, staff and the nursing home setting. It also allows you to ask questions of the nursing home staff, and talk with the residents and their family members.

Where can I learn more about Eddy Nursing Homes?
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact -

  • Eddy Heritage House Nursing Center (518) 274-4125
  • Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center (518) 274-9890
  • Eddy Village Green at Cohoes (518) 237-5630

Or, call our Centralized Referral line at 382-4502 for admission to any of our nursing homes.

* Priority Consideration *

Individuals who are already residents in an Eddy Residential Community receive priority consideration for placement at an Eddy Nursing Home. Each nursing home, however, reserves the right to accept or deny residency pending availability and review of the application process.
Priority consideration is not a guarantee of placement.

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