Frequently Asked Questions
Visitors are welcome at any time.
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 in 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 Meridian Nursing Home?
Our social service team assists both patients and their families during transitional periods. They also provide essential information, manage requests and concerns, help in care and discharge planning for each patient. They can arrange professional services for: Dental, Vision, Podiatry, 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 Meridian Nursing Home wash your laundry please notify the front office upon your admission. Subsequently, if your family/care giver 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 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 ones 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 resident’s name in permanent ink and entered into the patient’s 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?
All are welcome to visit at any 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 a family pet to the facility?
We would love for your family pet to come 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?
Definitely. Mail is delivered to patients personally on a daily basis except for weekends and holidays.
Meridian Nursing Home
Attn: ________________ Room No. _____
P.O. Box 126
Comanche, OK 73529
Or consider using our Send a Greeting feature on the website. Just type the recipient’s name and a type your message. When it arrives in our email box we will print it and hand deliver it to your loved one.
Is smoking permitted in the facility?
For the safety and welfare of all patients and staff, Meridian Nursing Home 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. Appointments can be made with the office manager.
Will my loved ones room have a television?
Cable is available for all residents free of charge.
What kinds of activities are planned for the patients?
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 Meridian Nursing Home 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?
Meridian Nursing Home 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.