Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend visiting from 8 am until 8 pm, after that time we lock our doors and most residents are asleep. But you are welcome to visit 24 hours a day. Please call in advance for after-hours visits to ensure access.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out about activities provided for the resident?
We strive to create social programs and individualized activities to match the capabilities and needs of each patient. This also has a powerful impact on the healing process of those patients involved in some type of rehabilitation. Specific activities include active resident councils, musical performances, current events update- reading the newspaper, singing exercises, fitness activities, stretching exercises, religious meetings, outside entertainment, games, trivia, history, and volunteer involvement. We also strongly encourage families to participate with the residents in various activities.
A monthly calendar is posted to keep residents informed of upcoming events such as birthday parties, movies, musical programs, outings, candlelight dinners, ice cream socials and other special events. We always welcome friends and families to visit and attend our special events.
What role does Social Services play at Tri-State Nursing and Rehabilitation Center?
Our social service team assists both patients and their families during transitional periods. They also provide essential information, manage requests and concerns, help in the care and discharge planning for each patient. They can arrange professional services for Dental, Vision, Podiatry, Audiology, Power of Attorney, Dementia assessment, Psychosocial and Psychiatric Evaluation, and Individual therapy.
How do I get my laundry done? Can my family members take my Laundry home to do?
Should you wish to have Tri-State wash your laundry please notify the front office upon your admission. Subsequently, if your family/caregiver is going to take care of your laundry at home, please let the nursing station closest to you know your plans. This way, the staff can place a sign on your closet door notifying our housekeeping staff to leave your clothing for family to pick up. We request that your family provide a hamper for your clothes and pick it up twice a week.
All personal clothing is washed in an industrial washing machine at a temperature of 180-degrees. Make sure your loved one’s clothing is appropriate for washing and drying in these hot temperatures. Avoid bringing clothing that requires cold or warm water, special care, or is subject to damage and fading. All clothing must be labeled. Please label the clothing with the resident’s name, NOT the room number or initials. Mark clearly and in large letters on the inside neckline or waistband. All items must be marked including socks, shoes, and other personal items.
What articles of clothing should I bring?
We recommend approximately five changes of clothing and a pair of comfortable rubber-soled shoes. All articles should be washed, clearly labeled with the resident’s name in permanent ink and entered into the patients’ personal inventory log in the medical chart. Other personal items should be marked or engraved for identification. We advise that patients do not keep valuable jewelry or large amounts of cash in the facility.
Is there a limit to the number of people who can visit at one time?
Although we do not have a formal policy stating visitation guidelines, we suggest using the common areas of the facility to meet with your loved one. If it is not possible to visit in one of the common areas, we suggest a limit of one to three people in a resident room at one time.
Is there any private space available to use?
You may reserve the activities lounge for any special events (birthday, holidays, meals) with notice.
Can I bring my children to visit?
We encourage children to visit, however, we ask you to alert the charge nurse to anyone visiting the facility under the age 12.
Can I bring a family pet to the facility?
We would love for your family pet to come to visit. Please remember to clean up after them and take the proper safety measures at all times. All pets are to be kept on a leash and should have all current vaccinations.
How often will a physician or health professional visit?
Physicians generally see patients upon admission and once every 30 days thereafter. However, our nursing professionals are in constant contact with all of the physicians that visit the facility. Some insurance companies require that physicians visit more often. Check with our nursing staff for further information.
Can I take my loved one home for a visit?
Patients may have a leave of absence only with a physician’s authorization, which can be arranged through the nursing staff. Upon arrival and departure, the resident or responsible party must sign the LOA (leave of absence) book, located at the nursing station.
Can my loved one receive mail?
Mail is delivered to residents personally on a daily basis except for weekends and holidays.
Tri-State Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Attn: ___________________ Room No. _____
2500 East 175th Street
Lansing, IL 60438
Consider using our Send a Greeting feature on the website. You can choose from a variety of postcards to fill out and mail to your loved one for a small fee or you may type a message and through email, send us your email greeting that we will hand deliver to your loved one residing in our facility. Our email feature is free of charge.
Is smoking permitted in the facility?
For the safety and welfare of all patients and staff, Tri-State Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a non-smoking facility. There are designated smoking areas in the outdoor areas.
Can I bring in my loved ones favorite food?
Consistent with the provision of special diets, always consult with the nursing staff before bringing food to patients. Any food kept in the resident room must be in properly sealed containers.
Is there someone who provides haircuts?
We have beauticians available at our beauty/barber salon on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Will my loved one’s room have a television?
For our short-term guests, there are flat-screen televisions with cable in the rooms. We also offer televisions in the rooms for our other residents with basic television service.
Will my loved one’s room have a telephone?
Telephones are in the short-term stay rooms. For our other residents, there is telephone access or we are happy in helping to set up a land-line with the local telephone company. For those with public aid, they may provide you with a cell phone during your stay.
What kinds of activities are planned for the residents?
We have individualized activities planned that match the capabilities and needs of our residents. We hold frequent resident and family councils. Scheduled activities may include: “live entertainment,” music, fitness activities, religious meetings, outside entertainment, games, gardening, field trips/outings and volunteer involvement.
How often will the Rehabilitation staff work with my loved one?
Your rehab director can inform you of the rehabilitation program designed for your loved one.
Will Medicare Part A cover my stay in the facility?
Patients must have a Medicare card that reads “Hospital Insurance.” They must also be admitted to the facility with a physician order within 30 days of a three consecutive night hospital stay. Generally, during the first 20 days of care, Medicare will pay 100%. For days 21-100, a daily co-insurance co-pay is required. Medicare does not cover skilled nursing fees over 100 days.
Who do I talk to about my food preferences? Can I get alternate options to each day’s menu?
Upon admission, our Registered Dietitian and/or Food Service Director will interview you regarding your special needs with regards to food preferences. Our own food service personnel prepare all the meals. Special care is taken to serve flavorful and appetizing foods. All menus are developed according to prescribed medical diets ordered by the physicians.
Should you wish for another food item on a particular day’s menu, please make your CNA aware of your request. This information will be passed on to the Food Service Director and they will try their best to accommodate your needs.
Our Dietitian and Food Service Director also monitor your nutritional status using monthly weights, daily intake records, and relevant lab data. The results of these assessments are discussed at your care conferences.
What do I do if I have personnel concerns?
Our primary concern is that you feel comfortable here at Tri-State Nursing and Rehabilitation and that your needs are being met. You should feel secure and at ease with our staff, particularly those providing your direct care. If you have any concerns or praise for our staff, please feel free to contact our social services department. They will be able to address any apprehensions you may have regarding any particular staff members.
What is an Ombudsman?
An Ombudsman is an advocate for residents. They are a third party person NOT employed by the facility who comes by the facility periodically to monitor the activities of the facility. They are not able to tell the facility what to do but are able to be a voice for a resident with a concern.
Who do I talk to about questions in regard to financials, billing, and/or admission paperwork?
Tri-State Nursing and Rehabilitation Center employs a full-time Business Office Manager for all financial and billing concerns. Should you have any questions regarding these matters please make an appointment to see our Business Office Manager by contacting the front desk/receptionist.
Additionally, should you have questions upon admission regarding the paperwork you are required to fill out, please call the front desk. You may request an appointment with our full-time admissions coordinator who will guide you through the necessary forms required on admission.