The four steps to take in order to decide which nursing home may be best for you are:
Step 1: Find nursing homes in your area;
Step 2: Compare the quality of the nursing homes you’re considering;
Step 3: Visit the nursing homes you’re interested in or have someone visit for you; and
Step 4: Choose the nursing home that meets your needs.
Step 2: Compare the quality of the nursing homes you’re considering.
Compare the care that nursing homes provide to help find the nursing home that meets your needs. Visit Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare to compare the nursing home quality of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.
Consider the information on Nursing Home Compare carefully. Use it along with other information you gather about nursing homes.
You may want to use a variety of resources when choosing a nursing home:
- Visit the nursing homes you’re considering, if possible, or have someone visit for you.
- Call your Long-Term Care Ombudsman; he or she is an independent advocate (supporter) for nursing home and assisted living facility residents who works to solve problems between residents and nursing homes or assisted living facilities. They may be able to provide information about home health agencies in their area.
- Call your state health department or state licensing agency (look in the blue pages in the phone book or on the internet). Ask if they have written information on the quality of care given in local nursing homes. You can also ask for a copy of the full survey or the last complaint investigation report.
- Look at survey findings (CMS Form 2567) for the facility. They can be found on Nursing Home Compare at Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare. Nursing homes may post survey findings in the lobby area.
To be continued….
Aaron E. Futterman, CPA, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Futterman & Lanza, LLP with offices in Smithtown, NY and clients throughout Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Richmond, New York, Westchester and Rockland Counties. He concentrates his practice to Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Applications, Estate Planning, Probate, Estate Taxes, and Estate Administration.