The federal government recently overhauled one of its web services to help families better evaluate nursing homes. If you and your family are screening nursing homes for a loved one, then you already know what a daunting process it can be. It may just be a little easier now with the federal government’s newly-revised Nursing Home Compare web service.
As Forbes recently pointed out, the comparison tool offered through Medicare.gov has been simplified and expanded. Under advisement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the old criteria of 17 points has been replaced with a new set of 21 points based on specific issues like infections, falls, general well-being, and pressure ulcers – the very issues that residents and families may deal with directly once admitted to the facility. The government’s general idea is to make it easier for families to research their area and improve their understanding of quality and performance in possible nursing homes for their loved ones. Hopefully, it can assist you and your family too.
In addition to federal government information resources, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs provides specific information related to elder law issues for Florida residents. Of particular interest, there is a section on the Florida elder affairs website discussing support measures to keep seniors at home and receiving care versus an assisted living facility or nursing home. This should provide good nformation for alternatives to the nursing home comparison you make.
Kellen Bryant is an elder care attorney in Jacksonville, Florida and you can learn more about your long term care options at his main website.