As elder law attorneys, we know that choosing a nursing home is a highly stressful experience. So, we’ve provided some sample questions that you can use when choosing a nursing home for your loved one. If you have further questions, consult with qualified elder law attorneys.
Nursing home certification
Does the nursing home have a state-issued operating license? And, does the nursing home administrator have a state-issued license? Is the nursing home certified to receive Medicaid and Medicare payments?
Nursing home operation
Who owns the nursing home and is it financially stable? Who runs the nursing home and who do you contact with questions or concerns? What is the nursing home staff-to-patient ratio? What is the policy on restraining patients?
The nursing home contract for care
How much does the nursing home cost per month? How are bills paid? What other provisions are in the contract? What happens if your loved one runs out of money? Can your loved one be asked to leave the nursing home?
Nursing home location
Is the nursing home near centers of activity such as shopping or church? Is transportation provided to activities? Is the nursing home near family and friends?
The nursing home facility
What security measures are in place? What safety systems are in place? Is the facility adequately sized, clean, furnished, and clearly lit? Are patient rooms and work stations clean and organized?
Can you request a roommate such as your spouse? Can you have a private room? Does each patient room have a private bathroom? What other privacy measures are in place? Can you control the heating, cooling, and air flow systems in your room? Are televisions and phones available in each room? How are precious items and valuable protected?
If you have questions or concerns about choosing a nursing home, consult with a qualified elder law attorney.