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Nursing Homes
May 2000

Q. Where can I get information on the quality of nursing homes? I have a relative that may need to be placed, but I want to be sure the facility is a good one.

A. I agree that it is a good idea to do some research in your area for your relative. If you have access to a computer, I understand that a good web site to get detailed info is: NursingHomeReports.com. There is a fee, but it may be well worth it to avoid problems in the future. Another good source would be a social worker from one of your local hospitals that assists in patient discharges; often called a Discharge Care Coordinator. They are usually very familiar with the local nursing homes reputation. Also, after screening for the best homes, I would suggest personally going to the nursing homes you are considering, and talk to some patients, the patient's family and staff for references.

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