How Do You Choose a Nursing Home?

They told you that you need to pick a nursing home. …But how?

No one looks forward to needing extra time and/or help that a skilled nursing facility offers. Hearing that you or someone in your family needs nursing home care is always stressful. And for most of us the news comes while still in the hospital. We don’t feel ready and we haven’t had enough time to think about it.

There is a lot of information on how to find the nursing home that’s right for you. Here are some links to sites we think may be helpful. They are not ‘sponsored’ or advertisements, just solid advice to help you at a time when a little help may be needed.

http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html
This is the site in which the government administered programs (Medicare and Medicaid) rank nursing homes on a 1-5 star system using a number of quality indicators. Nursing home quality can vary faster than the ratings. We suggest you don’t rely solely on this ranking (although we are a four star facility)

http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/02174.pdf
This link takes you to an on-line booklet that you can print that tells you everything you need to know about paying for and picking a nursing home, alternatives to nursing homes and your rights as a potential resident.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/health/20patient.html?ref=health
This is a great resource from the New York Times that is much more practical than most of the ones you will find on the web. It also lists government sites like the ones above. Remember, all skilled nursing facilities must have a license to operate and we all operate under the same regulations which mandate the numbers of professional nursing staff, therapists, social services, specialized dietary services and other services available to you.

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