Choosing a nursing home for a family member or friend is a difficult process. Sudden changes in a person's health status can make the choice harder, such as quickly deciding where to place a family member for quality care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains an online list of all certified nursing homes in the US, and the information is accessible.
US News & World Report has recently published is findings on how to select a good nursing home and a good assisted living center, other facilities, special edition. While these are very important considerations, there are other options. In fact, Medicare is providing additional funding for home health care. Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes, and home health care affords them this opportunity.
However, serious accidents, such as hip fracture, and diseases such as cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s and heart failure may require a higher level of care. Nursing homes provide skilled care, intermediate care and extended care for those who are unable to care for themselves. Medicare approved nursing homes must also maintain a staff of therapist to help residents recover and become as independent as possible. They must provide physical therapy to help restore major functions such as walking, occupational therapy for basic skills such as eating, and speech therapy for speech and swallowing therapy.
AARP magazine article on choosing a good nursing home
The US News article provides the following information:
A list of top rated nursing homes
A search engine for homes in your state
Step-by-step guide for deciding and selecting a nursing home
Pros and cons for Long-term care insurance
Photo tours of top homes
West Meade Place, Nashville
Christian Care Center of Cheatham County
Waverly Health Care and Rehabilitation Center
Hidden Acres Health Care Center, Mount Pleasant
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