Families looking for a safe, loving and dignified home for their loved ones should turn to a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine. As Philadelphia nursing home negligence attorneys, we’re glad to say that the magazine has created a resource for families similar to its yearly college rankings. The magazine offers starred rankings of several aspects of each home, along with indicators of homes with problems and information on their ownership, size and whether they take Medicare or Medicaid. It has also published a four-step guide to choosing a nursing home.
The “how to choose” guide is actually four separate guides, each focusing on a separate part of the process. The first guide asks readers to decide whether a home is truly necessary, the second shows how to build a short list, and the third explains what to look for at the all-important on-site visit. The fourth and final article explains how to follow up to ensure that your choice is working out. The rankings themselves rely on a Medicare tool called Nursing Home Compare, but expand that tool’s search capability to include multiple criteria, such as ranking, location and religious affiliation. Information is updated every quarter.
As Pennsylvania nursing home neglect lawyers, we think this is a great tool for families making this important choice. Nursing home choice matters greatly, because the nursing home is your loved one’s permanent, long-term home. A bad nursing home can lead to unhappiness, but also serious health problems from neglect or abuse, or even death.
Rosenbaum & Associates represents families that have suffered avoidable injuries at abusive or negligent nursing homes. To learn more, please contact us through our Web site or call 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 toll-free.