We first shared this blog in August of 2011. The website is still a very valuable resource for comparing 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 idea is to make it easier for families to research their area and get an accurate understanding of quality and performance in possible nursing homes for their loved ones. Hopefully it can help you and your family as well.
Idaho Estate Planning is part of the Treasure Valley Care Planning Council, a non-profit network of elder care professionals available to provide information on the information discussed above and much more. Let us know your concerns and we will help you find the resources you need.
In addition to caring for a loved one, it is also important to consider your own concerns for the future. How will you maintain your independence as you grow older? What effect would a costly health issue have on your quality of life? The more planning you do now the less difficulty there will be later. Remember, good planning is no accident.