5 tips for choosing a nursing home

5 tips for choosing a nursing home
and elderly woman leafs through a magazine at a table and shares a laugh with a young man seated nearby.

and elderly woman leafs through a magazine at a table and shares a laugh with a young man seated nearby.

There comes a point in many people's lives when living independently is no longer practical. Nursing homes provide a complete living experience where residents can have meals prepared, and receive around-the-clock medical care and observation.

The decision to relocate to a nursing home is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and it can often be a long and difficult process.

All nursing homes are different, and they offer many living options for seniors. Some homes provide multiple levels of care like independent living and assisted living, while other homes offer extensive medical treatments and rehab services.

The key to finding the ideal nursing home for you or a loved one is to conduct your own background research, tour the facilities and talk to staff and medical professionals.

Do your own research

The search for a nursing home should involve consulting a variety of sources. Talk to your friends and family, or members of your community and ask about positive nursing home experiences. You can also search Angie’s List by city to find detailed reviews of individual nursing homes as posted by Angie's List members. If you are in Texas, for example, you can search specifically for Houston nursing homes or Dallas nursing homes, as well as hundreds of other cities across the U.S.

It's often possible to find detailed information on specific nursing homes through state government websites. For example, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services inspects nursing homes in the Lone Star state and provides detailed inspection reports on its website.  State websites often provide specific information about whether the facility accepts Medicare or Medicaid, the number of beds on site, the types of specialized care available, staffing information, resident services and activities, and you can even view changes to the home’s ownership.

Once you’ve compiled a list of nursing homes in your area that cater you or your loved one’s needs, it’s time to tour the facilities.

Next: Set up a tour

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Several types of senior care are available to help fit every individual's and family's needs.

Angie's List member describes the positive experience she had touring a Denver nursing home.

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