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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you or your family members may have many questions about San Simeon and the services we can provide. Here are a few questions and answers to give you a better understanding of our facility. Of course you can always call us or schedule a visit for a more thorough discussion.

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Is there a waiting list to get into San Simeon?

The availability of beds is hard to predict. San Simeon has a very dynamic rehabilitation program with people coming, getting better and leaving all the time. So, beds for short-term rehabilitation are frequently available. There may be a wait for a private room or a specific unit. Submitting an application is always recommended. Applications can be reviewed and kept on file until an appropriate bed becomes available. Applicants can be notified at that time and the admission process completed.

What is required to apply?

Three forms are needed to complete the application package:

  1. The application
  2. A Patient Review Instrument or PRI (which provides current medical condition information)
  3. A Patient Screening Instrument (which confirms the need for skilled nursing services)

The applicants, or their designated representative, are responsible for submitting the application. PRIs and Screens are submitted by referring hospitals and facilities. Applicants living in the community can obtain PRIs and Screens through a certified home healthcare agency or other qualified evaluators.

How long does the application process take?

Generally, depending on the type of bed you require (long-term, short-term, etc.), the application package can be reviewed quickly. Once we receive the application for admission, we will move ahead with the admission process provided we have the appropriate type of bed available. You will be fully informed throughout the entire process.

What methods of payment are accepted?

San Simeon by the Sound is a certified Medicare and Medicaid facility. Private funds, private insurance, long-term care insurance and some healthcare maintenance organization policies are also accepted.

What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare is a federally sponsored insurance available to people over sixty-five or disabled for at least two years. It may cover an admission to San Simeon by the Sound after a hospitalization and on doctor’s orders. Coverage is limited to up to 100 days.

Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides medical care to people who cannot afford it. If the eligibility criteria are met, it may pay for long term care at San Simeon by the Sound and it may cover some expenses related to short-term rehabilitation not covered by Medicare.

When are the visiting hours?

There are no set visiting hours. San Simeon by the Sound wants to make it as convenient as possible for family and friends to visit Residents. For a very minimal charge, arrangements can be made for guests to share meals with Residents. We do ask that guests be considerate of other Residents.

Is there an Alzheimer's or dementia unit?

The staff at San Simeon by the Sound is well trained and experienced in caring for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our Horizons program is an activities program specifically designed to engage and orient people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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