Admission Information for STARS
Short-term and Rehabilitation Services

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STARS, our short-term and rehabilitation services unit, offers stellar treatment for those seeking rehabilitation care of 100 days or less. An accelerated assessment process may secure immediate placement. Generally, payment for this type of care is covered under Medicare, Part A.

A room in the STARS unit

Getting well feels even better when accommodation comes with a view, is bright and airy, and offers myriad amenities.

Admission Criteria

  • Be insured through traditional Medicare A, or a contracted HMO/PPO/Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Have a three-day qualifying stay in an acute hospital.
  • Require daily skilled nursing services or oversight from a licensed nurse or therapist.
  • Be able to participate in treatment and make measurable progress during the course of care.
  • Have a solid discharge plan and arrangements for post-treatment care.

Overview

Our services benefit patients who require temporary skilled oversight following their stay in an acute hospital. We offer comprehensive medical rehabilitation – including medical management by our on-site physicians, licensed nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

Our staff recognizes the importance of communication between levels of care as patients transition from the hospital setting, to skilled nursing, and home. Our staff therefore actively communicates with your hospital physician/surgeon and your personal physician. This process, known as the transitional care model, can help reduce medical errors while providing a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to your care.

Accommodation

Located in the modern Friedman Pavilion on the Jewish Home's campus, the STARS unit offers high-quality accommodations in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

Most patient rooms are single occupancy, with individual bathroom/shower, adjustable electric bed, flat-screen television, a DVD player, private phone line, a desk and sitting area for guests, ample closet space, and views of the San Francisco hills.

Private rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional charge to patients.

We offer a limited number of large, semi-private rooms (maximum two patients per room) with similar accommodations.

Admission to the Home as a patient or a resident is not limited by religious or cultural affiliation.

Rehabilitation services

We offer traditional physical, occupational, and speech therapies, administered by highly experienced and licensed therapists who specialize in working with older adults.

Individual therapy programs are created to meet each patient’s clinical, physical, and personal goals following a medical condition or surgery.

We strive to help patients return to their highest level of functioning possible. In addition, the Jewish Home’s Rehabilitation department can continue to provide outpatient therapy services following an inpatient stay.

Our rehabilitation gym utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and treatments to help patients regain their mobility and increase functioning. We also offer a supervised fitness center for general exercise.

Rehabilitation staff and patient laughing and socializing in the STARS unit atrium

Specialists in working with older adults, STARS physical, occupational and speech therapists are committed to their patients' road to recovery and wellness.

Medical services and clinics

We are committed to providing exceptional medical care to our patients and residents. Unlike many other facilities, we offer on-site clinics ranging from dentistry and ophthalmology to audiology and massage therapy. Because these services are on our campus, patients are spared expensive transportation costs often not covered by insurance.

Our on-site licensed pharmacy ensures ready access to on-site pharmacists regarding medication administration, management, and questions.

Complicated medical conditions, including IV therapy, wound care and pain management are expertly handled by the Jewish Home's nursing and medical staff.

Four staff review a medical chart in the nursing unit

STARS patients can anticipate a seamless admission's procedure, followed by expert medical care from onsite physicians and licensed nursing staff that complement the rehabilitation component.

Dining

Meals prepared from fresh local produce and high-quality meats grace the plates in the dining room. All patients are evaluated by an in-house registered dietitian to assess their individual nutritional needs.

Patients and their guests may also enjoy our garden café, which serves brewed coffee, lattes, mochas, pastries, and tasty homemade dishes, such as lasagna and quiche.

Amenities

Take pleasure in numerous recreational activities, amenities, and opportunities: painting and ceramics in the Eugene Friend & Julian Davis Creative Arts Center; keeping current at a computer terminal; enjoying a concert, a movie or a lecture; socializing around the afternoon coffee bar.

As we are a pet-friendly community, you can visit with our in-house rabbits and birds, or get to know a volunteer’s or an employee’s dog. Your family member may also bring your own vaccinated and well-behaved pet to visit during your short-term stay.

Use your green thumb to tend to the plants in the greenhouse, or simply enjoy a personal visit as you stroll around our landscaped gardens and fountain area.

After your appointment at our full-service beauty and barber shop, a stop at the gift shop/boutique may be in order, where clothing, jewelry, gifts, and personal care products are available.

Spiritual Life

The Jewish Home of San Francisco is founded on Jewish tradition, which encompasses respect for elders and responsibility for the welfare of others.

Admission is not limited by religious or cultural affiliation. In recognition of the Home’s Jewish heritage, the holding of Friday, Sabbath, and holiday services and programming provide opportunities to join in and feel a sense of community.

Our full-time rabbi is available for all patients and their families, and is happy to assist those of other faiths with arranging private services.

More Information / Referrals

For more information, or if you would like to refer a patient to our services, please contact the Admissions department at:

  • STARS Admissions: 415.469.2286
  • Main Business Phone: 415.334.2500
  • Admissions Fax: 415.651.9871
  • Main Business Fax: 415.334.4375

We can also accept referrals on Allscripts/ECIN

MY LINE ON STARS: HIPS AND KNEES AND HIGH HOLY DAYS, OH MY!

Toni Ann Secrest, who is Catholic, twice checked into STARS for rehab after surgery and was thrilled to celebrate the Jewish holidays of both Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

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View of the atrium in the Friedman Pavilion with skylights above and staff and resident below

Our STARS unit is located in the modern Friedman Pavilion, where light streams through the glass domes and soaring interior atriums create a tranquil atmosphere.

Dr. Zier

Dr. Bennett G. Zier
STARS Medical Director

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