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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Beware of Goverment Nursing Home Ratings

Medicare just released a more simplified "star" system for nursing home ratings. At first glance, it seems like a great idea, but we have a word of caution: Do not choose a nursing home based solely on these ratings.

1. Get resident and family opinions as well as recommendations. Check online nursing home ratings given by consumers.
2. Ask lots of questions about the things that are important to you and the prospective resident.
3. Tour the nursing home while looking for specific things.

Get more tips on finding the best nursing home.

Once you've found the perfect nursing home, help the rest of us out by rating your experience. Your review will give us valuable information about the quality of care given by your nursing home.

2 comments:

  1. The bottom line is that you have to be your own advocate or have responsible friends or family members be advocates for you.

    Another option are affordable long term care facilities in Mexico.

    Happily Retired in Mexico,

    Joel Smith

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  2. Great advice Joel, we'd all be better off if we look out for one another.

    We'd love to see pictures of long term care facilities in the beautiful country of Mexico! If you have any shots feel free to share them on our Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/wwwWhereToFindCarecom/30313288330.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Barbara

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