Admissions FAQs

If your question is not answered here, you can contact an admissions counselor at 301.770.8476 or the operator at 301.881.0300 (TTY).

Do you need to be Jewish? 

The Hebrew Home, Rehabilitation Center, and all residences on the Charles E. Smith Life Communities campus are open to all.  We are pledged to the letter and spirit of US policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation.  We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. 
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What care is available at the Hebrew Home? 

  • Rehabilitation, with a proven track record of success and our new Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Therapy Center. 
  • Secure and respectful long-term care. 
  • Compassionate care for those needing memory/Alzheimer's care and those nearing the end of life. 

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What is the Home's basic approach to care? 

We tailor care to fit your individual needs.  We work as a team with each other, and with you and your family.  Our person-centered approach gives you many choices in your daily life here, and Jewish values assure that respect for elders is an integral part of our approach. 
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What about medical care? 

Once upon a time, physicians made house calls; at the Hebrew Home they still do.  Our physicians and a podiatrist are on-campus and on-staff, right here for you.  In addition, many medical specialists and dentists visit the Home, a tremendous convenience for residents and their families.  Of course, if you prefer, you may choose to continue under the care of your own physician. 
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If I need rehabilitation, what do you offer? 

We are on the cutting edge when it comes to post-acute care and equipment.  Comprehensive on-site therapy services at our Post-Acute Care Center include skilled physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies, and the latest in specialized equipment to help patients regain balance, the ability to walk, and the ability to swallow safely. There is an opportunity to practice and relearn skills for independent living in our new Lifestyles Apartment, at our Life Station and in our car simulator. Check out our new Dekelboum Therapy Center. 
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What is day-to-day life like at the Hebrew Home? 

Our nursing staff treats residents with skill, sensitivity and affection.  Our approach to person-centered care provides residents with a great deal of choice in their daily lives. Meals are served "home-style" in small dining rooms; these meals are kosher and can accommodate special diets, and, moreover, guests may purchase meal tickets share mealtime with residents. You may choose activities from a varied schedule which includes performances, trips and creative programming, or you may prefer quiet leisure.  Supportive services include social work, spiritual care for all faiths, housekeeping, laundry and more. In nice weather, enjoy our beautiful gardens and sitting areas. 
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What makes the Hebrew Home special? Unique? 

On our park-like campus in Rockville, you remain very much a part of the community while receiving outstanding quality care. We have a special program dedicated to serving Russian residents. You'll meet wonderful volunteers and benefit from exceptional support from donors in the community. Care is infused with Jewish values that are universal:  Tikkun Olam (kindness, compassion, caring), Tzedek (justice, doing what is right), Limud (growth and learning) and Derech Eretz (fulfilling our mission through service excellence, respect and dignity). 
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Why do families choose the Hebrew Home? 

Quality care backed by 100 years of experience makes us a solid choice.
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How do I pay for care? 

The Home accepts Medicare, Maryland Medicaid,private pay, and insurance plans including Tricare Prime.  We also work with long-term insurance carriers who cover nursing home care.  

Medicare Part A often covers a stay in the Post-Acute Care Center if patients admitting from the hospital have had the minimum three-night stay. Or,

  • Patients with HMO/PPO coverage need to provide authorization for admission.  This process begins with the hospital's discharge planner, and our admission counselor will follow through.
  • Patients paying privately, or those without a qualifying three-night hospitalization, should inquire as to current rates, and complete an application. Please call 301.770.8476.
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I will be paying privately for my care, and I'm finding it difficult to compare rates at different homes.  What is included? 

Residents who pay privately find the Home's more inclusive daily rates cover more than daily rates at most nursing homes: 

  • nursing care
  • room and board   
  • standard nursing supplies 
  • activities 
  • social work services 
  • medication administration 
  • pastoral counseling 
  • linen and laundry service 
  • personal hygiene   
  • turning and positioning 
  • special diets
  • palliative care 

Items not covered include medications, doctors' visits, therapies, salon, personal telephone, cable TV, and transportation costs. (TV and phone are included at the Post-Actue Care Center; Wi-Fi areas are available throughout the building). Some of these items, such as physicians' fees and therapies, may be covered by insurance.  We will bill your insurance as appropriate.  There are charges for community-acquired wound care, oxygen concentrators, incontinence supplies and suites with sitting rooms.
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How long does it take to get in? 

Today, so many people are recovering and returning to their own homes, that there is almost always a room available in our Post-Acute Care Center.  An admissions counselor is always on call, at 301.770.8476. We work with each family to meet needs for long-term care. Admissions are generally prompt. Back to FAQ

Will Medicare pay for my stay at the Hebrew Home? 

In general, Medicare A pays for short-stay rehabilitation and post-acute care, but not for long-term care.  If you are coming to the Hebrew Home for rehabilitation/recovery, and you have had a minimum three-night hospitalization, please call us at 301.770.8476 to learn more. 

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