Will there be a lot of paperwork?

Answer: Yes. The hospital and nursing home staff dislike this as much as you do, but unfortunately most of the paperwork is required by State and Federal regulations. It is well intentioned—much of it is designed to protect you and to inform you of your rights as a nursing home resident and if there will be any Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance coverage. It is also needed to determine your care plan based on your illness. It can be overwhelming. Part of the paperwork will be your contract with the nursing home (called an Admission Agreement) setting forth what the nursing home will provide to you and what is expected of you in return.