Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, which has information that is meant to help people research and compare nursing homes. While the website is generally helpful to people, we found some ways it could be improved. Today’s WatchBlog looks at Nursing Home Compare—and its Five-Star Rating System. Comparing Nursing Home Quality Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be stressful. Often times the decision needs to be made quickly, and finding reliable information can be tough. To help assist people with this difficult choice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Nursing Home Compare website in 1998. The website contains nursing home information, such as:
- Health inspection ratings,
- Ratio of nursing staff to residents,
- Performance quality measures, and
- Number of registered complaints against the home.