When family members are not able to care for aging loved ones, they are forced to entrust their care to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Selection of the best facility for your family member is one of the most important decisions you can make. But, how do you find a top-quality facility?
Nursing homes must meet certain minimum requirements set by law in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding to pay for the patient’s care. Such facilities are subject to annual health and safety inspections, staff training and minimum staff requirements, and complaint investigations. The information for each facility is available to the public and can provide insight into the level of care residents receive.
Medicare provides a “Nursing Home Compare Tool” on their website that shows information on the each facility’s inspections, staffing, and complaint investigations. The Medicare site also has a variety of other tools and information. To help you make an informed decision on the best facility for your family, visit the Medicare website.
If someone in your family has been showing signs of suspected nursing home neglect or abuse, contact me for a free consultation.