4405 Normal Boulevard Lincoln, NE 68506
For over four decades, Ambassador Health has been a regional leader in post-acute health care. A local corporation, family-owned by Timothy and Sally Juilfs of Nebraska City, Ambassador Health operates skilled nursing facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska City, Omaha, and Sidney, Iowa.
In Lincoln, Ambassador Health offers a convenient centralized location close to hospitals and medical offices. The newly remodeled building offers spacious, private rooms in a safe and comfortable environment. The skilled nursing and therapy staff focus on transitioning patients safely home from the hospital. Whether it’s a planned surgery, an unexpected illness, or a traumatic injury, Ambassador Health provides in-patient physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapy using a team-based approach focused on total-body wellness.
In addition to short-term rehabilitation and extended care, Ambassador Health is one of a few providers across the state to offer specialty pulmonary care. The pulmonary unit cares for adult patients who need advanced respiratory care. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Registered and Certified Respiratory Therapists care for both long-term patients who are ventilator dependent and short-term patients who are being weaned off of ventilator support.
Ambassador Health is an organization that has been built upon the principles of providing the highest quality of personal care while maintaining an intimacy that can only be found in a small, family-owned health system; providing individualized attention to patients in need of short-term transitional rehabilitation, extended care, and adult pulmonary care.
Q: What is short-term transitional rehabilitation?
A: Transitional rehabilitation is designed around the concept of bridging the gap between the hospital and the home. The goal of transitional rehabilitation is to assist the patient with reaching his/her goals for recovery, which in most situations involves a transition to a lower level of care.
Patients who are recovering from an acute, hospital stay may require skilled nursing care. Skilled care provides 24-hour nursing care for individuals with extensive medical and/or rehabilitative needs. These services might include: aggressive therapy, IV therapy, or wound care. The goal is to return the patient to their prior level of functioning and independence.
Q: Why do you suggest short-term transitional rehabilitation care following a hospital stay vs. the senior going straight back to their own home to recover?
A: When an individual has been hospitalized for an illness, injury, or surgery, he/she requires a level of care that is focused on recovery and stabilization. At the time of discharge from an acute hospital setting, many individuals still require some form of rehabilitation to return to their pre-hospital level of independence and functioning. This care will be provided by a transitional rehabilitation program.
If a patient returns home too quickly following a hospital stay, they run the risk of re-injury or illness which could result in a re-hospitalization. Transitional rehabilitation cuts down on the possibility of re-hospitalization by providing therapy and skilled nursing that allows the patient to regain their strength and improve their overall condition.
Q: What are some of the most important aspects of a short-term rehabilitation facility that should be taken into consideration when choosing the right one?
A:Selecting the appropriate rehabilitation program and facility can be an overwhelming decision. First and foremost, contact the rehabilitation facilities that you’re considering and ask to speak with the Admissions Coordinator and schedule a tour. When touring, inquire into the following:
1. Does the facility possess a strong rehabilitation team? An interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals will include occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and respiratory therapists.
2. Does the facility provide therapy services seven days a week? This is particularly important if the patient will be transitioning to the facility on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
3. Does the rehabilitation program work to get patients back to their own home? A respectable rehabilitation program will confidently tout their patient success rate it might also include the average length of stay for its short-term rehab patients.
4. Is the staff friendly and respectful of the patients? A rehabilitation program should center around positivity and the desire to enhance its patients’ lives. Potential patients and family members touring a facility should pay close attention to interactions between the staff, patients, and visitors.
5. Does the rehabilitation facility offer its patients private rooms? Many patients and their families prefer the privacy that goes along with having a private room.
Q: What makes a transitional rehabilitation patient eligible for Medicare Part A in a skilled nursing facility?
A: In order for a patient to utilize Medicare benefits during a transitional rehabilitation stay, the patient must have a Medicare card that reads “Hospital Insurance.” In addition, the patient’s physician must certify that the patient needs skilled care on a continuing basis. Then, the patient must have met a minimum of a three consecutive day (not counting day of discharge) hospital stay within 30 days of admission into a skilled nursing facility. Last, the need for skilled care must relate to the reason for the hospital stay.
Q: What is paid for under Medicare Part A while in a skilled nursing facility?
A: Medicare Part A will pay for a patient’s semi-private room, three meals a day, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation services, medication, supplies, and medical equipment.