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The Five-Star rating system has strengths and limitations. Here are some things to consider as you compare nursing homes.
Tip: The best comparisons are made by looking at nursing homes within the same state. You should be careful if you are
trying to compare a nursing home in one state with a nursing home in another state.
Tip: Quality is generally better in nursing homes that have more staff who work directly with residents. It is important
to ask nursing homes about their staff levels, the qualifications of their staff, and the rate at which staff leave and are
Tip: Talk to the nursing home staff about these quality measures and ask what else they are doing to improve the care
they give their residents. Think about the things that are most important to you and ask about them, especially if there are no
quality measures that focus on your main concerns.
A technical manual containing additional information on the Five-Star Quality Rating System can be found on the CMS Web site.