Choosing the Best Nursing Facility for Your Loved One

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There are three basic steps you must take in order to find the best nursing facility for your loved one. First, you must create a list of nursing facilities that you are interested in. You may choose …

There are three basic steps you must take in order to find the best nursing facility for your loved one. First, you must create a list of nursing facilities that you are interested in. You may choose to do this by asking friends and family for recommendations, talking to your doctor, or by researching facilities in your area.

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  • 1. Choosing the Best Nursing Facility For Your Loved One
  • 2. Choosing the Best Facility
    • Three basic steps to choosing the best nursing facility
      • Create a list of facilities you’re interested in
      • Compare the facilities on your list
      • Arrange a visit to each facility on your short list
  • 3. Nursing Home Compare
    • Nursing Home Compare is an online tool to find and compare nursing facilities
    • Database of MC/MA certified facilities in the U.S.
    • Search by name or geography
  • 4. Nursing Home Compare
    • Compare the quality of individual facilities:
      • Recent health inspection scores
      • Nursing home staffing data
      • Quality measures
      • Fire safety inspection results
  • 5. Nursing Facility Inspections
    • When a facility fails to meet one of 150+ regulatory standards set forth by Congress, a deficiency citation is issued
    • Regulations cover extensive ground
      • Food safety
      • Fire safety
      • Nursing care practices
    • Deficiencies measured by scope and severity
    • Most facilities receive deficiencies from time to time
  • 6. Medicare’s 5-Star Quality Rating System
    • Medicare’s 5-Star Quality Rating System issued in 2008
    • “ at-a-glance” feature designed to make inspection results easier for consumers to understand
    • Critics say it oversimplifies the results
    • Read entire inspection results for facilities on your short list
  • 7. Visiting the Nursing Home & Making Your Decision
    • Initial research will answer many questions
    • In-person visit is imperative
    • Read:
      • Checklist for Visiting a Senior Care Home
      • Long-Term Care Facilities: How to Choose the Right One
    • You may still be left with more than one choice
    • Make a list of pros and cons
    • Talk to people you trust
    • Long-term care ombudsman
  • 8. All Senior Homes
    • All Senior Homes is a resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services
    • Visit http://www.allseniorhomes.com for more information on senior care and senior housing