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Nursing Home Resources

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In order to reduce the number of potential nursing homes to visit, or to help you make a final decision, the following resources may be consulted:

  • Your state or local long-term care ombudsman, who is an advocate for nursing home residents

  • Your state or local office on aging

  • Hospital discharge planners and social workers

  • Doctors and nurses who are familiar with nursing homes

  • Clergy persons who are familiar with nursing homes

  • Nursing home residents

  • Family members and friends of nursing home residents

  • Nursing home employees

  • Medicare and Medicaid inspection reports for the particular nursing home(s)

  • Medicare's website,, which has a Nursing Home Compare feature.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), which is the federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid at

  • The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform,

  • The web site of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP),

Next Steps

Contact a qualified elder law attorney to help you and loved ones plan care and address problems.

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