Did You Know… Dogs may be allowed in nursing homes to help residents?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), nursing homes must allow service animals into the facility. Service animals may help people with various disabilities ranging from epilepsy to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and may offer support for people who are deaf or blind.

Spousal Impoverishment Protections

When a person who is married or have a registered domestic partner enters a nursing home or participates in a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program, the couple will benefit from Spousal Impoverishment protections that allows the spouse that is not on Medi-Cal to keep additional assets and income to prevent them from running out of money.

Did You Know… Medi-Cal Discrimination & Room-to-Room Transfers

If a nursing home resident changes to Medi-Cal payment status, the nursing home is prohibited from transferring the resident to another room as a result of that payment change, with the exception of transferring the resident from a private room to a semi-private room.

Medi-Cal offers alternatives to nursing homes that also allow the community spouse to keep extra assets and income

Medi-Cal offers alternatives to nursing homes that also allow the community spouse to keep extra assets and income. Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are designed for seniors who want to stay at home or within their community and who are at high risk for nursing home placement.

Role of Nursing Home Residents’ “Outside” Physicians

While nursing homes are required to employ medical directors to oversee the care of residents, under federal and state law residents are still legally entitled to rely on the recommendations of their own personal physicians outside the facility as well.

You can Check California’s COVID-19 Skilled Nursing Facility Outbreaks by County

The California Department of Public Health has an up-to-date data dashboard that tracks COVID-19 outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities. This dashboard includes cumulative and current data on residents and healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus.