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Find and Compare Nursing Homes

Welcome to Nursing Home Compare. This tool has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Before you get started, you or your family member may have other long-term care choices like community-based services, home care, or assisted living depending on your needs and resources. For more information, see Alternatives to Nursing Homes. Otherwise, follow these steps when choosing a nursing home:

  • Step 1: Find Nursing Homes in your area. Search by name, city, county, state, or ZIP code.

  • Step 2: Compare the quality of the nursing Homes you're considering using the Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results, nursing home staff data, quality measures, and fire safety inspection results.

  • Step 3: Visit the nursing homes you're considering or have someone visit for you. Use the Nursing Home Checklist and other resources under “ Additional information ” below.

  • Step 4: Choose the nursing home that best meets your needs. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare practitioner, your family, friends, or others about your nursing home choices. Contact the Long-Term Ombudsman or State Survey Agency before you make a decision.

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Additional Information

Learn More

  • Five-Star Quality Rating

    - Learn how the ratings are determined.

  • Health Inspections

    - Learn what inspectors look for during health inspections, and what happens if nursing homes do not meet inspection standards.

  • Nursing Home Staffing

    - Learn about the different kinds of nurses working in nursing homes and how to use staffing information.

  • Quality Measures

    - Learn what information nursing homes collect about their residents, and how and why it is used to create quality measures.

  • Fire Safety Inspections

    - Learn what fire safety standards nursing homes are required to meet.

  • Paying for Nursing Home Care

    - Learn about the various ways to pay for your nursing home care.

  • Alternatives to Nursing Homes

    - A nursing home may not be your only long-term care choice. Learn more about state and community programs and get help deciding what is best for you.

Page Last Updated: December 22, 2008


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