Admission to the Jewish Home for in-residence care
I have heard it is difficult to gain admission into the Jewish Home and there is a long wait list. Is that true?
No. The Home can accommodate seniors rather quickly provided they are in general good health for independent or residential levels of care. For skilled nursing, we give priority access to current residents whose needs have changed during residency with us. Therefore, it can take some time for a new skilled nursing applicant or an applicant with a need for heavy assisted living services to gain admission. This is why we encourage seniors and their families to contact the Home well before the need for skilled nursing arises. Again, for independent, residential, short-term rehab, and acute psychiatric levels of in-residence care, and for all community health care services delivered outside our campuses, we typically can accommodate requests when the need arises.
How is the care paid for?
There are a number of financial options and programs available for those considering the Home. Our admissions counselors are available to meet with potential residents and their families to make the necessary financial arrangements. These financial arrangements fall into several categories:
- Government assistance:
- Medi-Cal or welfare: The Jewish Home accepts Medi-Cal and/or SSI (Supplemental Security Income) as coverage from those who qualify for these programs. Many of the services the Home provides are covered by the Medi-Cal program.
- Medicare: The Jewish Home is a fully accredited Medicare contractor. Most of the seniors served by the Home use the Medicare program for medical services from physicians, therapists, or stays in short-term skilled nursing units or the acute geriatric psychiatric hospital. Medicare benefits are also available for laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology (x-ray) services.
- Private and other insurance plans:
- Private insurance, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Medicare-Advantage Plans, long-term care insurance, etc, may be accepted.
- Private pay:
- Inside resident trust account - Residents can elect to have the Jewish Home hold their funds in a resident trust account at the Jewish Home. Charges for care will be debited against this account monthly. Should funds reach public benefit eligibility level while a resident is at the Jewish Home, the Home will assist the resident with the application for benefit(s). At no time is the resident “giving” their money to the Jewish Home; rather, the Home holds the assets the resident has on their behalf. There is no charge for this service.
- Outside trust - Residents have the option to pay for all monthly charges for care by placing money in a trust managed by an outside entity or individual. The Jewish Home will bill the trust monthly.
- Private billing - If the cost of care is to be paid from the resident’s funds, we bill a designated person (i.e., Conservator, Attorney-in-Fact, Trustee, etc.) on a monthly basis. If the cost of care is to be paid by a family member, we send a monthly statement to the family member.
Must I disclose my income and assets?
Yes. All applicants applying to the Home are required to disclose and verify their assets and income.
Does my family have to disclose their assets?
No. While moving into the Home is often a family decision, your family’s financial information is private and we don’t ask about your family’s financial circumstances.
Do I have to make a donation to the Home to gain admission?
No. While financial donations to the Home are welcomed and important, the vast majority of our residents are not donors. In fact, approximately 75% of Jewish Home residents rely on welfare, the government-assistance program known as Medi-Cal, to help support their stay at the Jewish Home.
Would making a donation to the Home or “knowing someone associated with the Home” allow me entrance sooner?
No. Every applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis, but never on whether they have made a financial contribution or “know someone.”
How does the admission process to a campus setting begin?
As the first step to admission for long-term stays in-residence, we encourage all applicants and their families to tour the Jewish Home. This provides a personal feel for the Home and many questions can be answered at that time. The tours are often led by Jewish Home residents, providing a first-hand opportunity to learn about life at the Home.
Please call the Home’s Connections to Care hotline at 855.227.3745 for additional information or to schedule a tour.