Jefferson County Nursing Home

Learn more about the Jefferson County Nursing Home, its staffing ratios, services, activities and more.

Jefferson County Nursing Home
914 Industrial Park Road
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone:  (865) 397-3163
Fax: (865) 397-4225

Ten Frequently Asked Questions

How is nursing home care paid for?

Nursing home care can be paid for in several ways. The most common source of funding is Medicaid/TennCare. Medical and financial criteria must be met to qualify under this source. Please see your local state Department of Human Services for details. Other methods of funding include: Medicare for skilled services, Long-Term Care insurance, and privately paying for services.

Whom should I contact for further details or to initiate the admission process?

You may contact the admission coordinator by calling the facility at 865-397-3163. The nursing home does maintain both an in-county and out-of-county wait list. Due to the facility’s county ownership, long-time county residents are given first opportunity for admission. Unless accepting a skilled admission, the nursing home goes strictly by the wait list.

What is the staffing ratio for direct caregivers for this nursing home?

The facility attempts to maintain a ratio of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to residents as follows:
7 a.m.-3 p.m.: 1 CNA to 8 residents
3 p.m.-11 p.m.: 1 CNA to 12-14 residents plus 4 feeding assistants
11 p.m.-7 a.m: 8 CNAs staff the facility

The nursing home always strives to exceed the state/federal minimum requirement for direct care staff.

Does the nursing home offer therapy services?

The nursing home provides a full range of occupational, speech and physical therapies.

How are pharmacy needs handled in the facility?

The nursing home contracts with KPS Pharmacy services located in Knoxville, Tennessee. The facility utilizes a Unit Dose System for its medications.

Does the nursing home provide personal laundry services?

The nursing home does provide personal laundry services. The facility utilizes a heat press system for identifying resident clothing.

What kinds of activities are offered for the residents?

The nursing home provides a wide range of activities including bingo, rhythm band, cooking class, exercise class, and church services. The facility also invites visits from children through cooperation with local schools, churches and civic groups. Animals are included through pet therapy visits, a bird aviary, an aquarium and rabbits in the courtyard.

How is the food and what kinds of diets are offered?

The residents enjoy a variety of foods from a five-week menu cycle. Local food distributor PFG Hale of Morristown provides top quality meats and vegetables as well as other supplies to provide residents with an enhanced dining program. The Registered Dietician and dietary staff will work with the resident’s physician to accommodate dietary requirements for most medical conditions.

When are visiting hours?

Recommended visiting hours are daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., although family members may visit at any time.

How many personal articles of clothing are we allowed to bring and do the rooms have TV's and telephones?

The nursing home recommends the resident bring a small number of personal items to make their rooms feel more like home. However, due to limited closet space, residents are encouraged to bring no more than seven (7) outfits. The facility provides free cable TV service through Charter Communications. A telephone outlet can be made available in each room. For telephone service, the resident or their responsible party must contact BellSouth and the payment for billing will be the resident’s responsibility.