Nursing Home Cheers and Jeers

The number of elderly in the United States is expected to jump 135 percent by the year 2050. Even more sobering is the number of elders who will need long-term care will go up by 350 percent in those 35 short years.

You read the stories about abuse in nursing home and you see the reports of other nursing homes that have made a huge difference in the lives of seniors and families by providing a safe place where seniors with health problems can get the care and treatment they need.

But how can you tell one from other? There are many resources that provide a kind of report card on states and on individual nursing homes or companies that might have facilities in several cities.

One, Families for Better Care, allows you to search to see how well your state is monitoring the treatment and care of residents. Medicare.gov also has an online database where you can compare facilities that are certified by Medicaid or Medicare.

Finding a place that is responsive to both resident and family needs, that is clean and employs people who care can be a challenge but it is not impossible. Do your homework first so you can minimize the number of times you have to relocate your loved ones.

Author: Retha Hill

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