Choosing A Nursing Home

There are some things to consider when choosing a good nursing home. First Find out about the good nursing homes in your area. Also, find out how these nursing homes compare in quality. Next, visit these nursing homes to see if it truly is right for you, and finally make sure it will best meet your needs.

There are many ways to find out about nursing homes in your area. Visit www.medicare.gov on the internet. Click on “Nursing Home Compare” where you can find detailed information on the ones in your area. If you or your loved one is in the hospital ask the discharge planner for a list. Some nursing homes work with hospitals and the hospital may be able to help find an available bed. Visit or call the local service agent or hospital and ask to speak to case manager. Ask people you trust who have had experiences with local nursing homes. Sometimes this can be the best information one can find. Call the Area Agency on Aging. This telephone number should be listed in the phone book. Also, they have a website.

Quality is extremely important. Quality care means doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, for the right person, and having the best possible results. To find out about quality you can use the same website used for finding local nursing homes (listed above). After clicking on “Nursing Home Compare” you can compare the State Inspection Reports. When comparing quality look at the percentage of residents who need more help doing daily activities, percentage of residents with bed sores, percentage of residents who have lost too much weight, percentage of residents with pain, percentage of residents with infections, percentage of residents in physical restraints, percentage of short-stay residents who improved in walking, percentage of short-stay residents in pain, and percentage of short-stay residents, with delirium.