It is that time of year again when US News and World Report rates every nursing home in all fifty states. This is critical information for anyone who is looking to place a loved one in a long term care facility. To do so without proper research is akin to playing “Russian roulette”. The amount of information available makes it impossible to select a nursing home without first checking here.
In addition to the above web page it is essential that you also review the five star rating system on the Nursing Home Compare Webpage. Nursing Home Compare will allow you to look at a number of nursing homes next to each other to “compare” the various ratings including, staffing, quality measures, health inspection and overall ratings.
When choosing a nursing home, it is essential to also go to the facility and speak with not only the admissions office but also families of other residents to get their opinions. In addition, when visiting a nursing home, go on multiple occasions on different days at different times to get a better understanding as to what is actually taking place. A complete list of do and don’ts regarding selecting a nursing home can be found at
One of the most difficult times is when you must place your loved one into a facility. You will be given a significant amount of papers to sign but it is important that you make sure you read these papers so that you do not sign a document making you personally responsible for the finances or giving up your loved one’s right to file a claim for a jury trial should something bad happen.
If you or your loved one is going into a nursing home and you would like advice on how to select one, give the lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft nursing home group a phone call. We are here to help.