Frequent Questions

Are pets allowed at the Elms?

Family pets are permitted to visit Residents. Before bringing your pet in, please make sure the receptionist receives a copy of current vaccination records. Also, please be sure to sign in your pet in the pet register at the reception desk on the day of visit.

What kind of clothing should I wear?

Clothing should be comfortable, loose fitting and easy to put on and take off. Shoes and slippers should fit well and have a good tread. Please remember that all clothing should be labeled with the resident’s name. Names will help us to make sure belongings get back to their rightful owners.

Does Medicare cover long term care?

No, Medicare is a short term health benefit. Medicaid is the government’s financial assistance program that covers long term care for those who qualify.

What is the difference between Long Term Care and Subacute Care?

Long Term Care provides 24 hour nursing care to residents who are medically stable but who are unable to care for themselves or by a loved one. Subacute care is for patients who have had a recent hospitalization and require a short stay in a facility where they can receive close medical monitoring and/or physical, occupational and speech therapy after which they return to their prior living arrangements.

Does Medicare pay for a nursing home stay?

Medicare is a “short term” benefit. It will cover up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility provided you meet the qualifying criteria. Medicare does not pay for Long Term Care. You do not automatically receive 100 days of Medicare coverage. The number of days that Medicare will pay for is based upon the progress you make towards goals during your stay.

How often will I receive therapy?

Medicare requires all patients who are being skilled for rehabilitation to receive therapy at least 5 days per week. Our gym is open 7 days a week and most patients are seen by both physical and occupational therapy either 5 or 6 days a week. Your therapist will determine the amount and frequency of the therapy you receive based upon what you are able to tolerate.

How will I know when I should go to therapy?

After your initial evaluation, which is generally done on the day of your admission, you will receive a daily schedule with your therapy times. There is a whiteboard in every room where we list the shift supervisor, your nurse, your aide and your therapy times for the day.

Am I allowed to leave the facility during my stay?

As a general rule, Medicare’s position is that patients who require an inpatient stay should not generally be allowed to leave the facility. We encourage people to limit requests for leaves of absence to special events, however, each request is evaluated on a case by case basis by the interdisciplinary team.

Is The Elms Medicare and Medicaid certified?

Yes, we are both Medicare and Medicaid certified.

What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare is the Federally sponsored health insurance program. It serves people over 65 whatever their income; younger disabled people and dialysis patients. Small monthly premiums are required for non-hospital coverage. It is basically the same everywhere in the United States and is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the federal government. Medicare is strictly a short term benefit Medicaid is an assistance program. It serves low-income people of every age. Patients usually pay no part of costs for covered medical expenses. A small co-payment is sometimes required. Medicaid varies from state to state. It is run by state and local governments within federal guidelines. Medicaid covers long term care for those who qualify. For more information regarding the Medicare and Medicaid programs, please visit our Helpful Links section.

Do you have an Alzheimer’s Unit?

People with Alzheimer’s have special needs that can be best met in a unit designed specifically for them. The Elms does not have a dedicated Alzheimer’s unit.

Is the staffing different on the weekends?

Although most of the Administrative staff works Monday through Friday, the direct patient care staff ratios do not change. However, we always have at least one Department Head in the building for several hours each day of the weekend to ensure that the facility operates as smoothly on the weekends as it does during the week.

What is the staff to patient ratio at The Elms?

Here at The Elms our goal to to always exceed the minimum staffing requirements set by the Department of Health and Senior Services. While the staffing ratios are different for each shift and each floor of the facility, we are always staffed well above the required staffing, in order to ensure that we can respond to your needs quickly and efficiently.


Contact Us

The Elms of Cranbury
61 Maplewood Avenue
Cranbury, NJ 08512

Admission Director:
Emma Bossard
609-395-0641 ext. 4211 
fax 609-395-2973
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