Many Resources to Help Find the Right Nursing Home

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One of life’s most difficult rites of passage is the decision to move into a nursing home. Whether for oneself or for a loved one, it can be a heart-wrenching transition. Finding a good nursing home that provides quality care and is affordable is a big part of making the right decision and having peace of mind about it.

In several previous blog posts, I have pointed to many good resources that are available online to help with the search for a suitable nursing home. I thought it would be helpful to list all of those resources in a single blog post:

• The Oklahoma Department of Health maintains a Directory of Oklahoma Licensed Long Term Care Facilities.

• The Oklahoma Health Care Authority maintains the Nursing Home Ratings directory. That directory lists and provides information about 285 long-term care facilities in Oklahoma. Here is more information about that resource.

• The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintains Nursing Home Compare, which provides “quality-of-care information” about more than 15,000 facilities nationwide. Here is my description of that resource.

U.S. News and World Report publishes an annual ranking of the nation’s best nursing homes. The magazine is well-known for their annual ranking of colleges and universities. However, U.S. News also provides annual rankings in many other categories, including best hospitals, best vacations, best cars and trucks — and best nursing homes.

I explained how U.S. News determines its ranking in this earlier post. However, I failed to mention several additional articles that the magazine provides for free online, including:

  • How to Choose a Nursing Home
  • Questions We Asked on a Nursing Home Visit
  • How to Cover The Cost
  • 9 Warning Signs of Bad Care

• The federal government has also published “Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home” and the “Nursing Home Checklist,” both of which I describe here.

If you know about any other good resources that provide valuable information to help in selecting a nursing home, please tell us about them in the comments field.