Choosing a Nursing Home

December 10, 2008

The Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS) have published a new edition of Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home.  It breaks a little long, 68 pages, but is strikingly comprehensive.  It includes chapters on payment structures, regulatory issues and offeres checklists for residents and their families to use when discussing LTC with an admissions coordinator.  

Unfortunately, it is difficult to streamline the nursing home admissions process.  New residents are bombarded with confusing information, even when they spend time researching Long Term Care before they are sick.  To say it can be a stressful situation is a gross understatement.  I am gladdened by guides such as this one because they provide clear, easy to digest information that is free from any commercial content.  

Operating a nursing home is many ways an exercise in advocacy.  The more resident-readiness literature is out there, the better.

Thanks to the Nursing Home Law Blog for alerting me to this new guide.

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