5 Free Online Resources to Help Select a Better Nursing Home

Finding the right nursing home for your loved one can be a stressful and at times overwhelming process. Many people move their loved ones after an incident occurs at the resident’s current facility. At this time, family members want to get their loved one into a new home in a timely manner, and are seeking reliable resources to guide them in making that selection.

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The following free online resources allow families to select a better nursing home based on user-generated recommendations and reviews, ratings by third party organizations, and government agency ratings.

  1.  Medicare Nursing Home Compare 
    This is an invaluable resource for families seeking a better nursing home for their loved one. They provide the most current by state comparison for nursing homes in your area, and include monthly updates with data regarding each nursing homes. Nursing homes can update their contact information directly on the site, which means families have access to pro-active nursing homes who are eager to make a good impression on families. The Nursing Home Compare site is specifically set up for families who want to find the best information available regarding the current state of nursing homes in their area.
    2.    Ombudsman  
    A long-time advocate for elderly people with caregivers or living in nursing homes, Ombudsmen can help families find a better caregiver plan or nursing home for their loved one. This Ombudsman website has a variety of categories including nursing homes, assisted living & board care, home-based services, and community-based services. This makes it easy for any family to look into the best options for their loved one. The Ombudsman website regularly hosts free webinars, which are open to the public, that help educate family members on how to be a proactive and advocate for the elderly.
    3.    AARP 
    This site is aimed at seniors, but with mortality increasing, it is common for seniors in their 60s to oversee nursing home conditions for their 80-something year old parent. AARP is chock full of fantastic articles like this one which carefully lay out the things family members should watch for when inquiring about or visiting a potential nursing home.
    4.    A Place For Mom
    A Place for Mom is the ultimate stop for a family seeking a better nursing home for an elderly family member, because it has user-generated ratings and nursing home advisors available via phone. This site allows the family to break down costs, amenities, and each of the nursing home options in your area, all in one place. This has come to be one of the most-trusted sites for nursing home ratings and reviews.
    5.   Nurse.org

    Nurse.org aims to help nurses make the most informed decisions possible when choosing a hospital in which to work. It’s the only website that delivers honest hospital reviews from the perspective of a nurse. Read our blog and guides, explore our nurse stories and reviews from real nurses or view hospital stats and ratings while you browse our website. By Nurses. For Nurses. Nurse.org brings transparency to what life is really like for nurses at hospitals across the country. Visit us here: Nurse.org

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Pay attention to nursing home attendant turnover at your loved one’s nursing home. Frequent turnover can mean that attendants are not properly trained or do not like their work environment, which overall results in lower quality care. Studies show nursing homes top-rated in cleanliness, compassion and care are those who have the same staff members for years, creating a strong repertoire between attendants and elderly residents. If you have reason to believe your loved one has been abused, injured, or neglected at their nursing, it may be time to look into other care options. Before committing to one facility, always remember to out look for what costs are covered by Medicaid, ratio of attendants to residents, and whether they are equipped to provide the care you are searching for.
About the Author
Sarah Blanchard is the marketing manager for Winburn Bequette, a plaintiffs law firm that represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Arkansas and Missouri. Follow her on Google+ and YouTube.

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