Nursing Homes


Most nursing homes are regularly inspected by government agencies to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for the patients, staff, and visitors. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provide valuable information about nursing homes at their website, www.medicare.gov (or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE). This site includes a nursing home compare search tool which provides you with detailed information, including inspection reports for nursing homes in your area and all across the United States.
The reality is that when it comes to choosing a nursing home you may have very limited choice, since the supply of nursing homes in your geographic area may not meet your needs. If your choice is limited, there is no reason to panic. Don't settle for an inferior environment. Extend your search to additional locations until you find a compatible home. Request to be placed on a waiting list for nursing homes that you find desirable.

A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) provides a high level of medical care and full time nursing supervision. Long term custodial care is usually not covered by traditional insurance, including Medicare. Nursing home care is expensive, which can add to the stress of an already difficult situation. At the point that a patient is a candidate for a nursing home, there are not very many options available for payment.

The research that you conduct when you search for the best nursing home is always worth the effort. Medicare provides several publications at www.medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to help you find the best nursing home to meet your needs, including the following: