What should I look for in a nursing home ?

You should consider a variety of factors, including location and visitor’s policies, the patient-to-staff ratio, the experience and training of staff members, the appearance of the nursing home and the residents, sleeping accommodations, activities, dining facilities and menus, health-care issues, day-to-day living issues, what the agreement says, and how the nursing home is operated. The list of considerations is exhaustive.

Sources: Service Employees International Union Report (1999); Health Care Financing Administration’s Online Survey, Certification and Reporting Data (March 2000); HCFA’s National Restraint Reduction Newsletter (Summer 2000); Philadelphia Enquirer, Report Criticizes State over Nursing Homes (March 11, 1998).

Nursing homes’ profit motive
Can a resident be treated differently based on their source ?