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Finding the right nursing home can help you or your loved one feel safe and cared for.
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.
If you can, it's good to plan ahead so you have time to learn all you can about the nursing homes you're interested in. If you need to make a decision quickly, try to visit the nursing homes on your list at least once before you choose. Make sure you understand the cost and payment options for each nursing home.
As you look at the choices before you or your loved one, pay special attention to the cost of each nursing home, how each one feels to you, where it's located, and the levels of nursing care it provides. Does the nursing home provide enough help with daily tasks? Is 24-hour nursing care available?
Answering the following questions can help you make the best possible decision:
Current as of:
July 6, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Shelly R. Garone, MD, FACP - Palliative Medicine
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