I've recently had a number of family and friends face the ordeal of finding a nursing home for their loved one. In some cases, the family member had experienced a fall or a stroke. In other cases, a minor surgery had complications that took more time to heal than was expected, and providing care for them at home wasn't a good option. And in still other cases, the level of care and supervision required due to dementia or other health conditions had caused the family to recognize that it was simply in the best interest of their loved one to have that level of care.
As our population continues to age and our improving medical technology further lengthens our lives, these kinds of decisions will eventually be made by most of us. I wanted to make you aware of two resources that may be very helpful to you when that time arrives for you and your loved ones.
The first is the U.S. Government's Medicare online "Nursing Home Compare" guide. The following paragraph comes from the website's own description of its purpose:
Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 17,000 nationwide.