Frequently Asked Questions
Having to make the kind of decisions that go along with long-term care can be an overwhelming process. Here, we hope to provide some resources that might make it a little easier. Below our links to some helpful articles, along with answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.
What is a CCRC or Life Plan Community?
CCRC stands for Continuing Care Retirement Community. This is also referred to as a Life Plan Community. These types of communities service multiple levels of care, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Nursing Care, offering residents a continuum of care. Good Samaritan Home is actually the largest, single campus, not-for-profit, CCRC in the state of Illinois. In addition to Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Intermediate & Skilled Nursing Care, we offer Shelter Care, Special Care for Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and Short-term Rehabilitation on our campus. This type of community is beneficial because it allows you to age in place as your needs change, rather than having to look for a new facility. For more information on the benefits of a CCRC Community, read our blog post Why Choose a CCRC.
What Levels of Care do you offer?
Independent Living is for the active senior who is still independent, but doesn’t want to maintain their own home anymore. We take care of all maintenance inside and outside the cottages. The condos offer privacy and independence, without the stress of maintaining your own home.
Assisted Living is for the senior who needs a little extra help, but doesn’t need 24-hour nursing care. These seniors stay as self-sufficient as possible but can get help with daily tasks like housekeeping, medications, and getting dressed.
Nursing Care has 24-hour licensed staff for those individuals who can no longer live alone or need assistance with a skilled service like wound packing or IV Services.
We also offer Shelter Care, State-certified Memory Care, and Medicare-certified Short-term Rehabilitation.
For more information on all of these services, read our blog Differences in Levels of Care.
How much does long term care cost and how do we pay for it?
At our community, the cost of long-term care can vary depending on what level of service you need. The type of payment we can accept varies depending the service provided. For all levels we accept private pay and long-term care insurance (depending on your policy). We also accept Medicaid for Shelter Care, Nursing Care, and Special Memory Care. Medicare is accepted for Short-term Rehabilitation. Our Admissions Staff is happy to talk to you more about the options for each care level, and our Accounting Staff will work diligently with you and your family throughout the process.
Is Good Samaritan Home Medicaid and/or Medicare Certified?
Yes! We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and most long-term care insurance.
Do I need to be on your waiting list?
All services are on the basis of application date. We recommend that people apply early even if the need is not urgent, to get put on our inactive list, especially if there is a preference for cottage style or nursing neighborhood. However, we do have immediate openings for several of our levels of care.
What can I bring with me?
Our Assisted Living rooms are unfurnished (however, furniture can be provided) so residents can make the apartment their own. All other nursing neighborhoods have a bed, nightstand, and dresser in the room. We recommend that residents bring a chair and TV with them.
Residents are encouraged to make their new room their home, and bring personal items like wall-hangings, photos, knick-knacks, quilts, etc. We do ask that all personal items, especially clothing, are marked with the resident’s name.
Due to state regulations, there is a short list of things that we do not allow. The most common of these are heating pads and electric heaters.
How do residents get to doctors appointments?
We offer transportation services for our residents to the doctor and other appointments. We also try to accommodate family functions.
Can I keep my current Doctor?
Yes! Good Samaritan Home does not require you to change your primary care physician. Some local doctors will even make “house calls” and come visit you right here at the Home!
Who owns Good Samaritan Home?
We are a nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors made up entirely of people living in the Quincy area, some even in on our campus! An Association made up of residents, family members, and community members elect our Board of Directors. Day-to-day operations our managed by our CEO/Administrator, CFO/Associate Administrator, and Supervisory Staff.
There is only one Good Samaritan Home. We are not a part of a larger chain and have no parent company or corporate stakeholders. All decisions (big and small) are made right here, by the people who know our residents best.
What are visiting hours?
Visitors are welcome anytime. We just ask that visitors keep other residents in mind. Our front desk hours are 7 am to 10:30 pm. Pets are also welcome to visit as long as all vaccinations are up to date.
Do you allow residents to have pets?
Yes! As longs as the residents is capable of taking care of the animal themselves and in a private room, pets are welcome!
What is the admission process like for nursing care or assisted living, and how long does it take?
First, we ask that you fill out our application. Then, one of our nurses will come meet with you one-on-one. We also need admitting order/medical history/medication list from your doctor. Some doctors might ask you to come in for a visit for this. Then, you will go through a prescreen process by a Case Coordination Unit. This is a state agency and will be done within 24 hours. Finally, you will need to fill out our admission paperwork and set up the room. We recommend you do these things on a separate day before you actually move in, so the day of can be focused on getting the new resident settled. This whole process does move a little quicker if you are coming from the hospital, but typically takes at least 2-3 days.