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How to Find a Good Nursing Home

These resources may prove helpful in your search for a good nursing home:

  1. Medicare appeal – Under Medicare, you have the right to appeal a loved one’s discharge from a hospital. This extends the hospital stay for two additional days, and you can use that time to research nursing homes.
  2. Eldercare Locator – The names and locations of nursing homes in your area
  3. Form 2567 – The results of unannounced state nursing home inspections are compiled on a Form 2657 report.
  4. Indiana Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – State and local nursing homes are monitored by the ombudsman
  5. Nursing Home Compare – The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services website has completed surveys for nursing homes throughout the nation. Your local health department is also a good source for this information.
  6. Unannounced visits –Visiting the nursing homes at different times of day gives you a much better picture of daily activities and whether the facility is fully staffed. Indiana provides statewide nursing home report cards to help you narrow your search
  7. Nursing home administrator – Medicare provides a nursing home checklist, and speaking with the administrator can give you a better feel for the prevailing attitude.
  8. Medicaid – Ask for a copy of the nursing home’s payment policy (in writing) specific to the eventual running-out of Medicare reimbursements or private funds, and whether Medicaid payments are accepted.
  9. Pay attention to details – When visiting your loved one in a nursing home, take time to taste the food and assess the staff and activities – especially making sure patient bathroom needs are being met. Report any concerns to the Indiana Attorney General’s Patient Abuse and Neglect program.

Please contact a licensed attorney if you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home.