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How do you rate nursing homes?

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Rating the best nursing homes involves researching each facility and rating it according to location, standard of care provided, cleanliness, staff competency and costs. A point system is a simple way to score each facility and narrow choices down to the top two or three nursing homes.

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Location often plays a role in choosing nursing homes, and the closest facilities are easy for family and friends to visit regularly. Facilities within easy driving distance, or near public transportation rate higher than long-distance ones. After touring each facility and observing how its run, you can give it a certain number of points for clean rooms and bathrooms, food quality and staff interactions with residents. Nursing homes with attentive licensed nurses and nurse aids are usually awarded higher ratings.

Individuals can find current nursing home ratings by researching online databases created by the federal government Medicare program and U.S. News and World Report. Medicare.gov features a downloadable database of nursing homes rated for quality, and U.S. News and World Report allows individuals to compare nursing homes within each state.The federal government uses a five-star quality rating system that focuses on the areas of health inspections, staffing and quality measurements. Nursing homes in its database are given one to five stars, and each facility receives an overall star rating and individual ratings.

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