Myths vs Facts

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have come a very long way since their inception. Sometime in the 17th century they were called “poorhouses” or “almshouses”.  Health care has highly progressed through the years in terms of clinical practices, resident rights, quality improvement, and the overall approach to the needs and wants of residents and patients. Regrettably, even in today’s society, many myths about nursing homes still persist. Following are just a few facts that will be enlightened from the untruths.

Myth:  Skilled Nursing facilities are like hospitals.

Fact:  Although SNF’s offer comprehensive nursing care, they are very different from hospitals.  Whether a person is admitted as a short-term rehabilitative patient or a long-term resident, a SNF offers a more home-like and comfortable atmosphere and a less-controlled environment than a hospital.  A SNF offers a variety of services such as having a choice in customizing their daily routine, socialization, companionship, recreational activities, dining areas, etc.

Myth: Skilled Nursing Care centers have unpleasant odors.

Fact:  In a SNF you may encounter an odor at certain times of the day no matter how clean.  It is part of the care needs of the patient and is not an odor that should linger.

Myth: Medicare or health insurance will pay for a long stay.

Fact: Many people inaccurately believe that Medicare or health insurance will cover long term care costs indefinitely.  Medicare is not a long-term coverage insurance.  There are particular conditions an individual would need to meet in order to be covered by Medicare.  For instance, a three-night admission stay at a hospital will qualify a person to be eligible for traditional Medicare coverage.  Medicare offers limited coverage for recipients who require skilled nursing care or rehabilitative care services. For more details, feel free to contact our Admissions Director at Middlebury Convalescent Home for more information.

Myth: Residents living there are sick and dying.

Nursing homes do care for the elderly and the terminally ill.  However, a majority of SNF’s also cater to individuals who need rehabilitation from surgery or an accident.  Those people recuperate and are either discharged back to their home or move on to independent living such as assisted living facilities.

Protecting Our Aging Parents

PROTECTING OUR AGING PARENTS One of the most common situations that we encounter at Middlebury Convalescent Home is the unexpected circumstances that family members face with an aging parent.  As with some seniors, it may be difficult to anticipate the future of their health compared to an elderly person who has had continuous medical issues. … Continue Reading

MCH made the top 10 Best nursing homes in Connecticut!!!!

“U.S. News & World Report has released its latest ratings identifying top nursing homes. The ratings for 2018-19 include 71 nursing homes in Connecticut designated as a U.S. News “best nursing home.” The homes are given an overall rating as well as a short-stay rehabilitation rating, a new addition to the ratings now in their ninth year.… Continue Reading

Staying Socially Connected

In keeping with our safety tips and how to take good care of your loved one while still living at home, this article will focus on additional pointers to help your parent.  As our seniors get older, many cannot cope with their losses, and therefore become isolated and can suffer from depression.  The following is… Continue Reading

Safety Tips From MCH

Most senior citizens want to live out their lives in their own home environment without “being a burden to their children”.  Planning ahead to help your parent stay home will greatly increase their chances.  As a prerequisite to my previous news feed “Preparing a Parent for Long Term Placement”, this article will provide our community… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Stewardship

At Middlebury Convalescent Home we are always striving to educate our families and residents on a variety of matters.  One of the many issues we continually try to stress is the overuse of antibiotics.  Improving antibiotic use starts with you!  Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to ensure they work for future bacterial illnesses… Continue Reading


Most families prepare for a prosperous and relaxed retirement.  Many people do not include the possibility of a nursing home in their retirement plans.  However, as health and cognitive abilities may deteriorate with age, the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, eating, and transferring may be challenging for an elderly individual,… Continue Reading

Waiting List Information

Waiting List Information Connecticut law requires skilled nursing facilities to maintain a waiting list for admission.  Homes are required to keep waiting lists and must admit applicants in the order in which they appear, unless the law expressly allows otherwise.  Some of the several exceptions to the waiting list law include: Short term rehab (less… Continue Reading


Middlebury Convalescent Home’s goal is always to be proactive in our efforts to rehabilitate individuals in all aspects of the aging process.  With that said, we are very excited to announce that we are the first skilled nursing facility in Connecticut to have just acquired new state-of-the-art therapy equipment. The NeuroGym ® Technology, Inc.’s Sit-to-Stand… Continue Reading