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Skilled Nursing Facilities: Frequently Asked Questions

What skilled nursing services does Catholic Health Services (CHS) provide? 

CHS offers three highly recognized skilled nursing facilities offering both short- and long-term care for patients and residents.  They are:

  • Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center, Sayville
  • St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center, Smithtown
  • Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center, West Islip

Each CHS facility provides a very active, person-centered recreational program coordinated by our team of highly trained therapists. They facilitate various activities, trips and celebrations to enhance residents’ social and emotional life.

What makes the skilled nursing facilities of CHS different?

CHS has a history of compassionate care, based on our foundational Catholic values. We are a faith-based integrated health care system that sees each individual as a whole, requiring care and nourishment of the body, mind and spirit. We welcome all those in need and show respect to all, whatever their faith community.

Is there a benefit to being cared for by a skilled nursing facility that is part of an overall health care system?

Our staff focuses on your loved one’s safety and protection. Because we are a large, diverse system, if any special needs arise, we can seamlessly provide care in a hospital or home setting. 

How long will insurance cover my stay?

Medicare, HMOs and private insurance cover skilled care, such as rehabilitation. When a patient no longer qualifies for skilled care, coverage ends. Medicare programs allow for a maximum of 100 days. Private insurance depends on particular policy.

How often will my loved one receive rehabilitation and how long will it last?

Rehabilitation is provided five to six days per week and will continue for as long as progress continues or insurance terminates.

How much home care will insurance provide?

It varies, but generally insurance covers skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy (physical, and if indicated, occupational and/or speech) in the home two to three times per week and a home health aide approximately two hours, two to three times per week.

What options are available if I feel that my loved one needs more care at home or cannot return home?

Options include private-hire home care, Medicaid home care (if eligible), assisted living or long-term placement.

How do I handle telling my loved one that he/she needs to remain in the nursing home for long-term care?

Gentle honesty is recommended, with an explanation that he/she requires more care than can be provided at home for safety and well-being. An adjustment period is expected.

How do I handle the guilt of placing my loved one in a nursing home and deal with their diagnosis of dementia?

Family support groups are beneficial for dealing with both the feelings of guilt and coping with dementia.

Does the facility provide comfort/hospice care?

Yes, CHS is committed to providing the very best comfort care and hospice services.