By James Ragano, Esquire with Stockham Law Group, Tampa, FL
So many of us have been in the position of being forced to pick a nursing home for a loved one with limited time, limited resources, and limited choices. A recent study has confirmed that patients being discharged from hospitals are not given enough information to choose an appropriate long term care placement. The following article highlights this dilemma: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hospitals-nursing-idUSKBN1AN2E0. The article also provides a very useful research tool when it comes to choosing the right nursing home. Here is that link: https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html
You will find that this tool provides ratings for nursing homes based upon staffing, quality measures, and health inspections. While this tool is certainly not exhaustive, it is a very helpful starting point when you are trying to find the right place for your loved one.