Several web sites offer help to people who must choose a nursing home.
Many will offer step-by-step guides, while others offer inspection reports and star ratings.
Medicare Checklist: Print out a checklist and take it with you on visits to nursing homes.
Link to Checklist
Medicare Comparison: The government site offers star ratings on facilities. Just enter your zip code and compare.
Link to Medicare Comparison
State of Ohio Long-term Care Consumer Guide: Offers information on family satisfaction surveys, resident satisfaction surveys, code inspections and more.
Link to Long-term Care Consumer Guide.
MemberOfTheFamily.net – Offers simplified reports based on government survey. Site has a National Watch List and an Honor Roll detailing bad and the good facilities, a registry of nursing homes and more.
Link to MemberOfTheFamily.net
HealthGrades.com – Check the background of your doctor and to see if he has been named in a malpractice suit.
Link to HealthGrades.com
WikiHow.com: Offers tips on specific things to look for during a nursing home tour.
Link to Choose a Really Good Nursing Home