How to Select a Nursing Home for Your Loved One

People may need to go to a nursing home for a number of reasons that may include sickness, weakness, rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, or for around-the-clock care and supervision.

In the United States alone, there are approximately 1.4 million elderly adults living in nursing homes. Nursing home abuse is a serious issue that is far too common in the United States today, so it is vital that you take every precaution necessary.

When selecting a nursing home for your loved one, there are a number of steps that you can take to help provide you with the knowledge and confidence that the nursing home you are selecting will provide your loved one with quality care.

Advice on How to Select a Nursing Home

  1. Research and compare.  When selecting a nursing home for your loved one, it is important to research each and every facility that you are considering, compare the facilities to one another, and select the nursing home that will be the best fit for your loved one.
  2. Check Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Website. When you visit the Medicare Nursing Home Compare website, you will be asked to follow these steps:
    1. Type in the location. You can search either via Zip Code, City, State, or State
    2. A list of nursing home results will appear.You may compare up to 3 nursing homes at a time.
    3. Check the ratings. The Medicare website provides information and ratings on nursing home information, overall rating, health inspections, staffing, quality measures, and distance.
    4. Check the information related to health inspections summary, number of certified beds, Medicare and Medicaid participation, ownership, and whether or not the facility is within a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).