Administration on Aging


Help for Seniors

Nursing Facility Pre-Admissions Screening

Indiana's Nursing Facility Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) program can help you evaluate your situation and provide information on possible alternatives to admissionto nursing facility admission.

We screen applicants to ensure that individuals require the level of care furnished by the nursing facility.  If a nursing facility level of care is not necessary, NWICA options counselors will work with individuals to identify appropriate services.  For more information, please contact us at 219-794-1829 or dial 2-1-1.


PAS is a process consisting of an application, a comprehensive assessment of needs, a plan of care, and a finding or decision concerning the most appropriate placement for an individual.

The application will initiate an appointment with a case manager. The case manager meets with the individuals and the family to discuss any medical problems, how much help is needed with activities of daily living, and the kinds of help that may be provided in the home. The case manager will also obtain information from the individual's physician.

Based on the assessment and knowledge of alternative services available in the area, the case manager recommends either nursing facility care or continued living at home with supportive services.

If you would like to learn more about these services, contact NWICA 2-1-1 Information and Assistance at 2-1-1 or 1-800-826-7871.