How to Pick the Right Nursing Home

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Selecting a nursing home for a loved one can be a stressful and overwhelming decision. Focusing on specific criteria including your loved one’s medical needs and budget and the nursing home’s location and credentials can help make your decision easier. Read on to learn some helpful tips on how to pick the right nursing home for your loved one.

Special Needs

Begin your search for the right nursing home by carefully evaluating your loved one’s medical needs. While all nursing homes provide skilled nursing care, some specialize in caring for specific medical conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, or spinal cord paralysis. It is also important to determine whether you are looking for short-term or long-term care.

Budget

Skilled nursing care can be very expensive, so it is important to know your budget. Although most nursing homes accept Medicare and private insurance plans, some do not accept Medicaid, so it is important to contact your insurance provider before beginning your search.

Credentials

After acquiring a list of potential providers, it is important to verify that each nursing home has the proper credentials and experience to expertly care for your loved one. Look for a facility that is a certified Medicare/Medicaid provider and is accredited by The Joint Commission. It can also be helpful to search nursing home referral websites like cms.gov, our parents.com, and care pathways.com to obtain ratings and reviews on each potential provider.

Visits

Before selecting a new nursing home, it is important to visit several reputable facilities, like ours, to find one that feels right for your loved one. Be sure to tour the facility, talk to current residents, and ask lots of questions before making your final decision.

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