A recent article on the resources available online to research potential nursing homes summarizes what most of us already know – it takes time and research to choose the best nursing home possible for yourself and your loved ones. Nursing homes are not all the same. Several are rated poorly, many are average, and some are exceptional. You should know the difference and make your decision based on real data and information.
Before entering a nursing home, or admitting a loved one to a nursing home, you should do your research, or hire someone to do it for you. If you have the ability to research on your own, Nursing Home Compare is a great place to start. As a Trusts and Estates attorney who often works in the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, and estate planning, I have used this site often. Nursing Home Compare can also be found online on the Medicare.gov website, which is The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare. Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.