It is the policy of MCNH that Residents admitted to the Merrimack County Nursing Home should be residents of Merrimack County, however, out of county persons can be admitted when approved by the Administrator or the Board of Commissioners.
Policy Interpretation and Implementation
Persons will not be refused based on their race, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
All persons admitted should be on the specific order of a physician. Prior to admission the following medical records are required to be provided to the Facility.
All persons will have Mantoux testing for TB (Tuberculosis) upon admission. If the Mantoux test is positive (+), a chest x-ray is required to be taken and a report will be submitted. Exceptions may occur in special circumstances if approved by Infection Control Coordinator.
Non-discrimination on payor source
Merrimack County does not discriminate based on payor source. The facility accepts applicants who have sufficient funds or long term care insurance to pay the facilities and service rate charges. The facility also accepts applicants who meet the Medicaid asset and income financial limits. In addition Merrimack County can only accept applicants for whom it can adequately provide medical, psychosocial and mental health and rehabilitation services.
Emergency admissions can occur with the permission of both the Medical Director and the Administrator, or their duly authorized representatives. All prospective residents admitted on an emergency basis shall be evaluated and referred by a physician or by an emergency room physician at a hospital. All applicable consent forms and admission forms must be completed.
All persons admitted should be informed and offered assistance regarding advance directives. Durable Health Care Power of Attorney or Guardianship documents should be submitted with the application.
Visit and Review prior to admission
The facility reserves the right to have qualified personnel visit and review the prospective resident’s medical record prior to admission and to obtain insurance coverage information in order to verify insurance coverage for billing purposes prior to admission. Upon completion of this review by the facility, a decision on the admission will be made based upon the prospective resident’s needs, insurance, financial and benefits eligibility, treatment suitability and bed availability for placement. The facility reserves the right to make necessary bed/unit changes based upon medical necessity.
Criminal Record background checks may be required for applicants requesting admission for long term care. These record checks are necessary to ensure the safety and well being of our residents.