One question caregivers and family are often faced with when their loved one can no longer live independently due to illness or frailty is: How do we choose a nursing home?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as every individual case is different. Do you select the nursing home just down the road that isn’t as nice as the one two towns over but would allow for more family visits, for example? What about a facility that has the friendliest, most capable staff but fewer resident activities?
One resource that lets you compare unbiased information about nursing homes in your area is Medicare Nursing Home Compare. It contains quality of care and staffing information for all 15,000 plus Medicare-and Medicaid-participating nursing homes. This has the capacity to be one way to help with a difficult decision-making process.
Stay mindful that the Nursing Home Compare data, including star ratings, does not reflect an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of any health care provider’s products or services.
Star ratings on Nursing Home Compare are intended to be a public service. Star ratings are limited in scope to the data sources they are derived from. You can find details on Nursing Home Compare data sources and an explanation of the Nursing Home Compare star ratings methodology. Star ratings on individual measures or domains do not reflect a provider’s overall star rating.
Visit data.medicare.gov – Opens in a new window to get the downloadable data.
As always, to the extent possible, the loved one should be involved in the decision making.
Your loved is still able to live at home but needs a safer home? Check out Staying Home: A Caregiver’s Guide to Making Your Home Alzheimer’s Safe.