A good first step to choosing a nursing home is to make a list of homes you might be interested in. Talk to family, friends, doctors, and others to get recommendations of good nursing homes.
Visit several nursing homes with your family. Most nursing homes have an admissions coordinator who is able to answer your questions and show you the facility. Discuss what you like and don't like about each facility. It may be helpful to keep written notes about each facility. Don't hesitate to ask for written material from each nursing home you visit. You may want to visit each one more than once.
As you look at the choices before you or your loved one, pay special attention to how each one feels to you. Note the levels of nursing care each provides, the cost of each nursing home, and where it's located.
Answering the following questions can help you make the best possible decision:
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