According to the CDC, 1.4 million seniors live in nursing homes today. As more baby boomers enter retirement, a fast-growing number of seniors are entering nursing homes every year. This leaves thousands of family members with a big job on their hands: to find the right nursing home for their loved one.
First, you’ll want to find a list of nursing homes in your desired area. U.S. News and World Report has an easy-to-use and helpful website where you can narrow down a list of nursing homes by zip code or city. You can also check a box to show only the nursing homes who accept Medicare or Medicaid. Once you’ve narrowed down the area, you’ll get a list of nursing homes listed by distance. You can sort by name and rating, as well.
You’ll notice each nursing home has a rating overall, on health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality measures. Additionally, it’ll list how many beds the facility has. This is where you can start narrowing down your top choices based on what’s important to you. Once you choose your top 3, you’ll want to take a look at the full report. This will break down each rating listed on the first page, as well fire safety details and any penalties in the last three years.
If you’re still unsure of your decision or you want to do some additional research before touring facilities, check out the Arizona Department of Health Services database on their website. It will show you the inspections for the past 3 years and any penalties with enforcement actions.
Once you have narrowed down your top choices, it’s time to tour the facility, and this step is crucial. To get the most out of a tour you will want to read both What to Look For On a Nursing Home Tour and 5 nursing home secrets you need to know beforehand. This will help you form pointed questions for the facility and keep an eye out for any red flags while touring.
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