Nursing Home Quality Initiative

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the Nursing Home Quality Initiative. You can find information about nursing homes across the nation and three territories. The web site for this is www.medicare.gov . At the bottom section of the web page under “Search Tools” is a link called Compare Nursing Homes in Your Area . Click on that link. Information on this site will help you compare nursing homes in your area. There are as many as ten categories for comparison. Some of these categories show the percentage of long-term care residents in physical restraints, percentage with bedsores, pain and infections. There are comparisons on staffing levels in this information. Staffing is crucial to quality of care in a nursing home.

This is only one tool to use in finding the right nursing home for a loved one.

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