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Admissions Information for DHCI and GBHC

General Information

Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI) and Governor Bacon Health Center (GBHC) are considered "facilities of last resort." They provide nursing care to persons who cannot be served in a community setting or in a private nursing facility.

Admission Criteria

In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant has no other viable options for care in a community setting or in a private nursing facility. (The applicant’s refusal of other viable options does not satisfy this condition.)
  • The applicant is determined to have a medical level of care (LOC) that requires nursing home care and it has been determined that a long term care facility is an appropriate setting to meet his/her needs.
  • The applicant needs admission within ninety (90) days of the application.
  • The applicant is determined to not have adequate resources to afford placement in a community setting or in private nursing facility.
  • The applicant has completed an eligibility interview with the financial section of the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).
  • The applicant and/or caregiver or legal guardian has toured the facility for which admission is being requested.

Screening Process

Following is a brief summary of  the screening process:

  •  An individual, family member, or service professional (for example a hospital social worker) must contact the Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) to initiate a request for admission to DHCI or GBHC.
  • An ADRC staff member collects basic information about the person who is applying for admission.
  • The ADRC sends the information to the Division of Services for Aging and Disabilities' (DSAAPD) Care Transitions Unit (CTU) for review.
  • The CTU collects additional information and conducts a further review.
  • What happens next depends on the individual's circumstances and needs. (He or she could receive case management or options counseling services, for example, for help with locating community-based care.) In all cases, the primary goal of the screening process is to identify alternatives to placement in DHCI and GBHC.
  • The CTU assists with placement at DHCI or GBHC for the small number of individuals who meet the screening criteria and for whom no other viable alternatives are identified.  


Exceptions to the admissions criteria and/or screening process may be made in cases of emergency, for example, for cases being handled by the Adult Protective Services Program.  In such cases, CTU staff members assess the needs of individuals following admission and assist in the development of appropriate discharge/transition plans.


For more information about DHCI and GBHC admissions, please contact the Delaware ADRC.