Nursing Home Ratings

Choosing the Best Nursing Home

Reliable nursing home ratings can help you find the best nursing home for your loved one. Your choice of a nursing home could have a profound impact on their quality of life and sense of dignity. But, which nursing home is best? Are some nursing homes better than others? Several services have compiled nursing home ratings to help answer both questions.

HealthGrades.com is an excellent source of unbiased nursing home ratings. (Click on Find and Compare Nursing Homes.) Their reports are inexpensive and cover a wide range of health care professionals, including a section where you can find top doctors and get doctor quality reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services include their inspection results in free reports available online. While not as comprehensive as HealthGrades, the reports for facilities on your list might alert you to potential problems or special areas of interest. For their latest information, go to Medicare's Nursing Home Compare. For your information, they also offer Hospital Compare and Home Health Compare (the latter includes only home health agencies which provide skilled nursing care and/or rehab therapy, not agencies which provide only companion care and light housekeeping.)

Senior Approved Services is a new and growing national network of health and elder care resources and services that are endorsed by seniors and family caregivers. Among others, these resources does or will include retirement communities, independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Each health and elder care business within their directory of services adheres to a code of ethics in its daily operations.

A somewhat more expensive rating service is CareScout.com. Their nationwide ratings cover nursing homes, home health agencies and more than 40,000 assisted living facilities.

Regarding nursing homes and board and care homes (the latter includes assisted living facilities), you may be able to get additional information regarding complaints from your nearest long term care ombudsman. The National Long Term Care Ombudsman website has a locator service (Find your State Ombudsman) directly under their column entitled, Who are Ombudsmen?. (In case you are not familiar with Long Term Care Ombudsmen, they are independent resident advocates, funded by the federal and state governments, who work to resolve problems between residents and assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other residential care facilities.)

Care can vary widely from one facility to another. To be certain a facility can provide the type of care your loved one requires, first determine your loved one's true needs (they may be substantially different than you think). Our Nursing Home Checklist can help you evaluate your loved one's needs.

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