These facilities provide care to people who can't be cared for at home
or in the community. Nursing homes provide a wide range of personal care
and health services. For most people, this care generally is to assist
people with support services such as dressing, bathing, and using the
bathroom, for people who can’t take care of themselves due to physical,
emotional, or mental problems. Medicare doesn’t pay for this type of
care and doesn’t pay for most nursing home care.
Some nursing homes may provide skilled care after an injury or
hospital stay. Medicare pays for skilled nursing facility care for a
limited period of time if you meet certain conditions. For more
information, look at the Medicare booklet,
Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care.
To locate nursing homes in your area, look at
Nursing Home Compare on this website.
The cost for nursing homes can vary depending on where you live and
what type of care you need.
To find out information on accreditation of nursing homes in your area,
look at the
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ (JCAHO) website.
Nursing Home: Checklist
It is important for you and your family members to visit the nursing home to make sure that it meets your needs, as well as those of your family. A few things to consider when choosing a nursing home are listed here.
Is the nursing home accepting new residents?
Is the nursing home easy to visit for family and friends?
Does the nursing home use hospitals where my doctor practices?
Does the nursing home have the services I need?
Does the nursing home have a variety of activities I might enjoy?
Do residents appear clean and well groomed?
Do the residents have the same staff on a daily basis?
• Is there enough staff available to assist residents?
• Does the staff respond quickly to residents' calls for help?
Does the nursing home have an active resident and/or family council?
Is the nursing home clean and pleasant?
Is the nursing home certified by Medicare and Medicaid?
Are the nursing home and current administrator licensed?
How much is the cost of care in this nursing home?
• What services are included in this price?
• What additional costs will I have to pay?
Ask to see the nursing home's last annual state inspection report. Did the report find any problems? Ask how the problems were fixed.
Page Last Updated: April 10, 2007