What is the best rehab or skilled nursing facility in the Berkshires?
The best skilled nursing facilities in the Berkshires is one that is rated “high performing” by U.S. News and World Report, is close to family and friends for support, provides therapy seven days per week and enables you to stay in a private room.
Short-term skilled nursing homes in the Berkshires are listed at https://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/area/pittsfield-ma. As of the writing of this article, the only nursing facility ranked “Best Nursing Home” in the Berkshires is Berkshire Place in Pittsfield.
A Berkshire Medical Center, Baystate Hospital or other regional hospital discharge team member will meet with you or a loved one soon after admission. It is crucial to plan as quickly as possible for the discharge to make sure that the facility of your choice will have an opening for you.
Use the checklist above to ask the Berkshire Medical Center, Baystate Hospital or other regional hospital discharge team questions about each rehab facility. They should be familiar with all of them or could assist with finding out additional information for you.
Clearly state your preferences for a rehab facility by using phrases like, “My first choice is (name of facility 1) and my second choice is (name of facility 2).” Therefore, it is essential to designate your first choice, even if the staff member suggests that the facility is full. Room status can change hourly. The hospital discharge staff must follow your requests if you clearly state your “first choice” and “second choice,” provided that it is medically advisable to do so.
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