St. Joseph County Resident's over the age of 65, blind, or between the ages of 18 and 65 with mental or physical disabilities will be considered for admission. The Admission Team/Committee consist of; Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Director of Nursing, Social Service Director/Designee, and the Medical Director, and/or a representative of the aforementioned. The Admission Team will screen each prospect/referral and his/her records individually to determine if Portage Manor can meet their needs. Out of county prospects/referrals will be considered only if there are more than four openings available. Applicants with a diagnosis of mental illness must be active clients of the Community Mental Health Center or another local psychiatrist, or be willing to be assessed by and linked with CMHC, who can review medications on a regular basis and authorize hospitalization if necessary.
An involuntary thirty (30) day discharge notice can be issued at any time. Payments must be made on time, facility rules must be followed, and level of care must be met to remain a resident at Portage Manor. Residents who are a threat to themselves and/or others will be transferred for care required at an appropriate facility. A resident who's medical condition has deteriorated or has become acutely ill will be transferred for care at an appropriate facility. Resident's have a right to return to Portage Manor after stabilization of medical/psychiatric needs and/or short-term rehab; however, a resident must meet level of care to live at Portage Manor. A resident who wishes to move out or be discharged should contact the Social Services Department for guidance on how to make a smooth transition/discharge plan (see the Resident Rights and Responsibilities for a more complete policy statement on Admission, Transfers, and Discharge Rights).
A former resident who has left Portage Manor on a voluntary basis may re-apply for admission. Those who have been involuntarily discharged will be reconsidered after one (1) year. The Admission Team/Committee will consider re-admissions on an individual basis.