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Did You Know Medicare Can Help You Choose a Nursing Home?

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Yes, Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

Nothing is more important than the quality of care you or your loved one receives in a nursing home. A nursing home is a place for people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care. Choosing a nursing home can be overwhelming.

“Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website now includes a ‘star rating’ (a composite measure of quality) for rehab services — skilled nursing care and physical, occupational or speech therapy for people recovering from a hospitalization. The site also breaks out 13 measures of the quality of rehab care, offering a more robust view of facilities’ performance,” according to Kaiser Health News.

Nursing Home Compare allows you to find and compare nursing homes certified by Medicare and Medicaid. This website contains quality of resident care and staffing information for more than 15,000 nursing homes around the country. Nursing homes provide skilled care to people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care. Skilled care includes skilled nursing or rehabilitation services to manage, observe, or assess a resident’s care. Examples of skilled care include occupational therapy, wound care, intravenous (IV) therapies, and physical therapy. You can learn more about other types of long-term care facilities here.

The information on Nursing Home Compare can help you learn:

  • How nursing homes have performed on health and fire safety inspections
  • How the nursing home is staffed with nurses and other healthcare providers
  • How well nursing homes care for their residents

Information on Nursing Home Compare is not an endorsement or advertisement for any nursing home and should be considered carefully. Use the information you find on this website along with other information you gather about nursing homes. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about the information on Nursing Home Compare. If possible, visit the nursing homes you are considering or have someone visit for you. You can also use the Nursing Home Checklist to get important information to help you make decisions about what nursing home best meets you or your family member’s needs. Read more about finding a nursing home.

Information is available online or in the form of a printed booklet, which you can download or order.

Note: Nursing homes are not included on Nursing Home Compare if they are not certified by Medicare or Medicaid. Those nursing homes may be licensed by a state. For information about nursing homes not on Nursing Home Compare, contact your State Survey Agency.

Learn more about the nursing home certification process.

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