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Is it time for a skilled nursing facility?

Has your hospital physician determined that the need for acute hospital care is winding down? If so, he or she may have recommended a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or skilled nursing care for physical rehabilitation in preparation for a safe return home.

What is a skilled nursing facility?

A skilled nursing facility or SNF provides a high level of medical care through licensed health professionals, including registered nurses (RNs) and physical, speech, and occupational therapists. These services may be needed for a short period of time for rehabilitation from an illness or injury, or they may be required more long term for those who need close medical attention more frequently.

Skilled nursing care may also be provided in a home setting for a duration of time. However, at-home care must be ordered by a doctor in order to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA or private health insurance.

Summit Health does not own or operate any SNFs. However, for your convenience, we have identified certain facilities at which Summit Health providers and partners provide continuity of treatment and coordinated care.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Making a difference

You or your loved one may, of course, transfer to any facility of your choosing. However, choosing one of our preferred listed facilities will enable us to remain “hands-on” and involved.

  • Your Summit Health primary care physician will be kept informed of your progress.
  • A Summit Health Care Manager may be in touch with you.
  • We’ll discuss discharge instructions and medications with you, answer your questions, and coordinate necessary services.
  • A follow-up doctor’s office visit will be arranged within 48 hours of discharge from the SNF.

Your action plan...

  • Review the below SNF list and discuss with your physician and family members as needed.
  • Should you so desire, make a first choice and an alternate SNF.
  • Inform hospital social worker involved in discharge arrangements of your SNF choice as soon as possible.
  • Transfer to your chosen facility. (Subject to availability and Medicare or insurance.)

Summit Health preferred provider skilled nursing facilities by county

Bergen County:

  • CareOne at Ridgewood Avenue – ​Paramus, NJ

Essex County:

  • Inglemoor Rehabilitation & Care Center – Livingston, NJ
  • Hackensack - Mountainside Hospital TCU – Glen Ridge, NJ
  • West Caldwell Care Center – West Caldwell, NJ

Morris County

  • CareOne at Madison Avenue – Morristown, NJ
  • Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center – Chatham, NJ

Passaic County:

  • Daughters of Miriam Center – Clifton, NJ

Union County

  • Autumn Lake Berkeley Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center – Berkeley Heights, NJ
  • Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Clark, NJ

We encourage you to speak to your hospital social worker in order to choose a facility that best meets your needs. We wish you safe transitions and good health.

Thank you for entrusting us with your care!

  • Summit Health advises direct reference to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to compare the quality of care and staffing nursing homes provide. The star ratings are subject to change as per CMS and to ensure accuracy of the latest rating.
  • CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing facilities easier. The Nursing Home Compare website features a quality rating system that rates between 1 and 5 stars. No rating system can address all the important consideration that goes into a decision about which nursing home may be best for a particular person. Examples include the extent to which specialty care is provided (specialty rehabilitation or dementia care) or how easy it will be for family members to visit the nursing home.