A major illness or injury can leave a person limited in his or her ability to function independently. The simplest tasks may seem like impossible tasks. Rehabilitation is a process that assists patients in learning to take care of themselves again and in achieving the most satisfactory lifestyle possible.
A Rehab Hospital is an acute care hospital licensed by the State. An acute care hospital is a place that takes care of people with a serious illness or injury for a short period of time. As a rehab patient, you can expect a minimum of three (3) hours of therapy per day at least 5 days a week, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech and language pathology. In addition, you may receive the services of a psychologist, neuropsychologist, social worker and/or dietician. You will also be provided 24-hour rehab nursing services. While you may receive many of the same services in another setting, such as sub-acute or skilled nursing, an acute rehabilitation hospital offers more intense coordinated, interdisciplinary services in order to help you recover more rapidly and increase the likelihood that you can return home.
Generally, a major illness can leave a patient weak and frail. Certainly rehabilitation, including proper nutrition, can help the person regain his or her strength. In other cases, such as injury or stroke, patients and families will develop strategies to make them better able to handle the daily responsibilities of their lives. The Admissions department of our hospitals will give you clear guidelines as to the type of patient that would most benefit.
What is the admissions procedure?
Patients come to us directly or through a variety of referrals, including physicians, health care professionals, insurance companies and community agencies. Before admission, an evaluation is performed to assess:
- Medical Condition
- Endurance/Tolerance for activity
- Cognition/Ability to participate
- Motivation/Willingness to improve
Once we receive the appropriate medical information, evaluate the patient, review insurance and/or consult with the patient’s physicians, we determine if one of our Rehabilitation Hospital is the most appropriate setting for the patient.
What does rehabilitation entail?
Rehabilitation is a custom-designed program for the patient that involves a team of professionals who will see to it that you receive proper training, exercise and practice. Of course, successful rehabilitation requires a great amount of understanding and support from family and friends. That is why we encourage family to become actively involved in the rehabilitation process.
No two people heal or learn at the same pace. How long one can expect to stay in the rehab hospital depends on the individual person and how well they are progressing. Generally, patients remain in rehab for as long as there is reasonable progress being made in several areas of functional ability. If the patient has reached maximum potential or if continued progress can be managed in an outpatient or home setting, discharge arrangements will be made. Patients with orthopedic diagnoses frequently progress well in 7 to 10 days, often continuing therapy at home or as an outpatient for several weeks. Some patients may require a longer stay before being discharged.
The answer to this question depends on many things, including your prior and current condition, your living situation, and your ability to participate in the programs. Some patients are able to go home in just a few days, others may require a few weeks. Overall, the length of stay for patients generally ranges between 10-20 days.
Most rooms are private. A few semi-private rooms are available for those patients who enjoy having company.
Hospice is a special kind of care for people facing life-limiting illnesses, their families and their care givers that treats the physical needs of the patient as well as their emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care involves a core interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers who provide medical, psychological, and spiritual support for the terminally ill, and assistance to their families. Focused on pain control and symptom management, the care is primarily based in the home, enabling families to remain together in peace, comfort, and dignity.
Your family is welcome during posted visiting hours; however, it is generally best for them to visit after 5:00pm. Remember, you will be very busy during the day having your rehabilitation treatments. The therapists will invite your family to participate in rehabilitation on certain days so your family can learn what they need to know when you go home.
You will be seen by a physician daily. The physicians are on-site, full time physicians who are readily available during the day, every day. They are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our physicians are able to respond quickly to urgent or emergent needs. This daily contract allows rapid access to labs, x-rays, etc. and fast adjustments to pharmacological therapies.
The success of rehabilitation depends on the expertise of several professionals. To coordinate a customized rehabilitation program, a interdisciplinary team consisting of the patient’s physician, rehab nurse, therapists, psychologists, social worker and dietician meet each week, and whenever necessary, to discuss your progress, update the treatment plan and prepare discharge plans.
Whether you’re family or a friend, we know you try to be supportive when someone you care about is ill or injured. Often it is difficult to just stand by and watch this person struggle to do very simple tasks. The urge is to take over and do for the person. However, when you take over too quickly, you do not allow the person the chance to master the most basic of daily tasks. Understand that a great deal of our own self worth comes from our ability to maintain our dignity, if not our actual independence. The person you care about is struggling to master skills such as eating, personal hygiene and dressing sees these skills as measures of his or her self worth. Be supportive, ask before you take over and encourage your loved one to try again. Speed is not the goal. Progress is.
Following the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, the main criteria for eligibility includes: 62 years of age or older except that some of our properties accept mobility impaired individuals that are below 62 years of age as well – Rents for these properties are 30% of persons adjusted gross income
Please locate the center nearest to you by clicking on the Locations tab on our Home Page and call the number listed on the screen for further information.
Assisted living is a long-term care option for elders who need a level of assistance higher than that of a retirement community, but not as extensive as a medical or nursing home or hospital. Assisted living facilities provide an independent lifestyle with customized assistance.
Assisted living communities offer a unique combination independent living and care. Unlike nursing homes and other medical facilities, assisted living facilities allow elders to maintain a sense of independence and involvement in a social community, while at the same time provide the assistance with daily life and peace of mind that comes with a professional support team.
With five accredited centers in Miami-Dade County, Centro Mater caters to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Services to different age groups vary by site.
Most HUD subsidized communities listings do not have published rates. They are based on 30% of the renters adjustable gross income. You will need to contact the apartments to determine if you qualify for income based rent.
Nationally recognized in the top 10% of home health care agencies, Catholic Health Services’ committed home health staff includes a team of individuals that work together as a team with patients, families and other physicians to ensure that the best home health aide and in home care services are received for each patient.
Give us a call. We’ll arrange a time to visit you, your family and/or any authorized representative to fully discuss your particular home care situation and how we might help.
Together, we’ll go over the care your family needs and the care we provide. We’ll answer all of your questions regarding in-home care services and costs. Then, we’ll begin putting together your Patient-centered Plan of Care, specific to the needs of you or your loved and matching you or your loved one with the right caregiver. Usually, care can begin within a matter of a few days.
Medicare does provide an Eligibility Tool to see if your family qualifies, but they typically don’t pay for the type of hourly personal care service that Catholic Health provides. We may be able to provide documentation to third parties such as long-term care insurance companies that could help you obtain the best coverage possible.
For services under the Medicare benefit you will need to be under the care of a physician who is qualified to order home care services. We will need an order before we can start your care. If you have a Managed Care Plan we will need an order and authorization to provide skilled services such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy Medical Social Worker, or speech and language therapy you don’t need private pay unskilled services of a home health aide. You choose the services you want, when to start those services and how often those services are used.
If you request assistance with billing a private insurance policy (such as long-term care insurance) for our services, we’re happy to help with the entire “benefits coordination” process. This includes providing any documentation you need for reimbursement by an insurance carrier.
Our skilled nurses can administer medications. We can always assist in reminding individuals to take their medications. In fact, medication reminders are one of our most requested services. We can also assess and report any side effects to your physician.
Our goal is to establish a long-term caregiving relationship with your loved one. Should your family want to request another caregiver for any reason, we’ll search for a match until your family is happy. We understand that a strong rapport and trust with a caregiver is vital to a successful home care experience.
If your loved one receives care for many hours in a day or at different times of the day throughout the week, it may be necessary to schedule more than one caregiver in a given week. If your family requires multiple caregivers, our goal is the same: we want you to be satisfied and happy. We’ll do what it takes to make sure we achieve that goal.
Yes. We encourage your involvement in the decision-making process. And with our proprietary screening and selection system, you can rest assured that we do our best to take the guesswork out of matching the right caregiver to you and your family. However, you must be satisfied. We always try to accommodate any requests you may have for a change in caregivers (as allowed by law).
Yes. Every caregiver is a Right at Home employee. To help ensure the safety and well-being of our clients, we perform a criminal history background clearance and then cover each caregiver with general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
Assisted Living communities are suited for residents who need assistance in their daily lives, including preparing their meals, facilitating transportation, maintaining their homes, assisting with hygiene, and managing their medication. Assisted living facilities are also good options for some residents living with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, as well as mobility limitations, incontinence, or other conditions common in one’s senior years.
All five sites have been honored with the following National Accreditations:
The National Association for the Education of Young Children for the pre-school and the Council of Accreditation (COA) for the After-school programs. Additionally, all Centro Mater sites have received the Florida Gold Seal Quality Care.
We provide the phone numbers, email address of the property managers to make it easy for you to communicate with them directly.
Typical amenities available in assisted living homes may include personal care assistance (bathing, toileting, dressing, eating), access to health care and medical services, on-site social and spiritual activities, recreation and exercise facilities, wellness programs, transportation arrangements, 24-hour security, laundry service, and housekeeping.
For infants and toddlers, a Creative Curriculum is used, which provides a comprehensive framework that emphasizes relationships between the children their caregivers, teachers and their families.
At the preschool level, the High Scope Educational Curriculum is introduced, which includes content areas for children, and a training model to help adults use the programs of study to support children’s development.
For our After School Care Program, The LitArt, Peace Foundation and SPARK Curriculums promote academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and social skills.
Yes, maintenance of all units are handled by the maintenance staff at each building.
Centro Mater sites are open Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Centro Mater closes all legal holidays, just like MDCPS but opens during Teacher Planning Days for children with School Readiness scholarships and private paid. For more information contact your nearest location.
All our buildings have a security guard during the evenings seven day per week.
It should be an integral part of your decision-making process, urge experts at ALFA. When making a major life decision such as choosing an assisted living community, it’s important to be an informed consumer. Be sure that as a resident you’ll be afforded respect, privacy, religious freedom, the right to voice grievances should they arise, maintenance of your personal finances, and control over health care decisions. Additionally, inquire about internal regulations regarding pets, alcohol, smoking, and other quality of life issues, to see if they correspond with your personal preferences.
Yes. Centro Mater is open during Summer, Winter and Spring Break. Please contact your nearest location for more information on how to enroll your child. There’s limited availability for new, not currently enrolled children. You are highly encouraged to call a few months before the desired start date.
Every building offers different types of activities which are usually handled by the Social Services Coordinator at the properties.
Choosing the right assisted living residence takes a lot of research and legwork on your part. It’s imperative to compare facilities in terms of unit availability, services offered, cost, and overall philosophy of care. Resources like Seniors for Living empower you to be proactive in requesting information and communicating directly with assisted living professionals. Upon hearing from an assisted living facility’s representative, set up tours at residences of interest, observe residents to get a sense of each facility’s atmosphere, and most important, be sure your individual needs will be met.
No, everyone is welcome to apply regardless of religious denominations.
Are Pets Allowed?
Yes, one domesticated pet per household is allowed.
Hospice is available to all terminally ill individuals and their families regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, physical condition, availability of primary caregiver, or ability to pay. Anyone can refer a patient to Catholic Hospice. To be admitted, a patient must:
• Agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than cure.
• Have an incurable disease with a life expectancy of six months or less, as certified
by a physician. Catholic Hospice serves patient with all diagnoses, including: AIDS,
Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Cardiac Disease, Congenital Disorders, Gastro-Intestinal
Disease, Hematologic Disorders, Neurological Disorders and Renal Disease.
• Live in Miami-Dade, Browad or Monroe County at the time of service.
For more information, or to make a referral, call the Admissions Department at 305.822.2380 or 954.676.5465
Medicare-certified hospices typically provide nursing care; social services; physician services; counseling services (including spiritual and dietary); home care aide; bereavement services; physical and occupational therapies; and speech-language pathology services. Short term, in-patient care (for respite, pain control, and symptom management), continuous care in the home, and medical equipment and supplies (including drugs and biologicals) are also available. Additional services can be offered. Therefore, the range of hospice services may vary from program to program. Care is structured to keep families together in the least restrictive environment possible.
Choosing the appropriate care for you or your loved one is never a decision that comes easy. Regardless of age, diagnosis, or financial standing, it’s important to have a clear understanding about the care choices that are available and to recognize which is best for each person’s specific needs.
Hospice treats the person, instead of the disease; focuses on the family, instead of just the individual; and emphasizes the quality of life, instead of its duration.
Hospice uses the combined knowledge and skills of an interdisciplinary team of professionals, including physicians, nurses, home care aides, social workers, spiritual caregivers, counselors, and volunteers.
Hospice care is a cost-effective alternative to services provided in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutional settings.
Hospice is the preferred choice of health care delivery for the terminally ill and their families.
When selecting a home care agency, gather information about how long it has been in business, the range of services provided to meet your needs, the staff’s knowledge in caring for patients with your particular needs, and if staff are insured and bonded. Ask to meet with staff and assess their commitment to meeting your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Ask about any specialized services the agency offers and whether or not it is CHAP-certified.
Visitors are very important to our residents, and a well-planned visit can be rewarding for both of you. When visiting a loved one, talk to the staff about the best time to visit your loved one. Coach your children on what to expect, and plan an activity such as working on a photo album, writing letters, playing cards or a game, or eating a meal together. If your loved one can manage, plan an activity outside of the center. Check with each Skilled Nursing Facility on its policy on bringing cherished pets for visits.
Making the move to a long-term care setting can be one of the most difficult decisions you make. To help you and your loved one get acquainted with the center, make sure you discuss these items with the health care providers so they can help make the transition as smooth as possible. What are the patient’s diet likes and dislikes? How mobile is she? How much can she manage her personal care and hygiene? What were her former living conditions like? What support did she have? What role does religion play in your loved one’s life? What are your loved one’s routines and habits, as well as hobbies? What about mental capacity? Does your loved one fear new surroundings? Does she socialize easily?
As the child or spouse of an aging or ill loved one, guilt or fear may prevent you from getting the help you need. Our admissions team will be happy to provide you with literature support, community support programs and information about our services, including respite care, to help you take a break and get the rest you may need.
For short-term stays focused on rehabbing a patient home, ask the Skilled Nursing or Rehabilitation Facility about its successful outcomes treating patients with your or your loved one’s illness, injury or disease. Ask about the staff’s knowledge about post-hospital care. Tour the center for cleanliness, friendliness of staff and amenities that are important to you. Ask to sample food and visit with patients similar to you or your loved one.
The Medicaid program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or inadequate medical insurance. The federal government establishes general guidelines for the program, but each state establishes the program’s requirements including eligibility. You can find out more about the Medicaid program through cms.gov or by talking to our admissions team.
Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 or older or people under 65 with certain disabilities or end-stage renal disease. Medicare does not cover all expenses and is not designed to pay for long-term custodial care. so it is important to understand the program. For patients meeting requirements, Medicare helps cover the costs for hospital stays, skilled nursing home stays up to 100 days and hospice care. Our admission team members will be happy to provide you with current rates and coverage.
Get started by including your primary care physician in the decision-making process. He or she can tell you about your loved one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being so that you can start to understand what care will be the most beneficial.
Over 10% of children enrolled at Centro Mater’s have a disability. Centro Mater works closely with community health providers, Early Intervention Programs and Miami Dade County Public School (MDCPS) to ensure every child meets their educational and developmental needs. For more information on enrolling a child with a disability please contact your nearest location.
Centro Mater’s teaching staff is bilingual (English and Spanish). All forms, newsletters, menus, and announcements are provided in English and Spanish. Furthermore, all activities and events support and respect the various cultures, languages, ethnicities, and religious beliefs of served families.
Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance and managed care plans. Hospices heavily rely on grants and community support to fund services for patients with little or no insurance. Catholic Hospice raises funds for indigent patients who have no insurance or whose insurance does not cover all costs of care.