We’ve talked before about the deficiencies of nursing homes, the problem with rating systems, research, reforms, and even nursing home care standards. All of these things are issues that must be addressed or are being addressed, but in the meantime, there are thousands of Americans in need of nursing home services. The importance of picking a care facility with proper care standards and regulations cannot be stressed enough. So, how do you find a nursing home or assisted care facility that’s right for you or your loved one? Below are 5 key sites to help you pick a nursing home.
A good place to start (but certainly not the only resource you should consult. See why here) is nursinghomerating.com. This site gives a general overview and some stats, and you can search by state to see care facilities in your area.
Another great resource is this guide from CMS. Within its 44 pages, the CMS guide covers research, medicaid and medicare options, visiting nursing homes, paying for care, and information on other groups that you can consult during your search.
Caring.com offers a ton of information as well as an easy-to-use search engine to help you find facilities in your area. You can see reviews for each facility, and browse their pages that break down each type of care and living option. There is so much good information on this site that can help you make an informed decision.
Seniorcare.com has a lot of great information and some key tips to help you in your nursing home or care facility search. Their resources cover what to look for when visiting facilities, trends, technology, a checklist, how to contact an ombudsman, and so much more!
Specifically for California residents, this site offers some more area-specific information, a healthcare facility comparison database, and a place to file complaints.
No matter the level of care you need, whether you’re searching for a 55+ community for full-scale memory care, these sites can help jumpstart your search and ensure that the facility you choose is safe with comprehensive care and clean, quality facilities, good community involvement, proper staffing, and excellent management.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, call Gharibian Law (877-875-1119) today for a free consultation and the best in legal representation.