As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated their Web site last month to make it easier for consumers to choose a nursing home: http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp
The updated Nursing Home Compare site uses a five-star rating system, similar to that used for hotels and motels, to rank institutions nationwide. This rating system offers a way to summarize information about a nursing home and offers a quick and easy way to compare facilities in your area.
While this site helps consumers save time in their nursing home search, there is no substitute for visiting the facility in person. Things to consider during a visit include: the atmosphere, cleanliness, ratio of nursing professionals to patients, visiting arrangements and so forth.
U.S. Census Bureau figures project that the number of Americans age 65 and older will double by 2030 and that two-thirds of today’s 65-year olds will require some long-term care later in life.
It is our duty to protect the ones we love, especially those who cannot care for themselves, Berglund & Johnson has championed of the rights of victims of nursing home neglect for over 25 years. Our lawyers have successfully fought cases all the way to the Supreme Court. If you, or anyone you know, have a loved one in a nursing home and suspect they are receiving poor care, contact us at 1-800-4-IF-HURT (1-800-443-4878).