What information can I get about nursing homes?
The nursing homes that are shown on Nursing Home Compare provide a level of care called "skilled" care. Skilled care is care
given when you need skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to manage, observe, or evaluate your care. Examples of skilled care
include intravenous (IV) injections and physical therapy.
Nursing Home Compare includes information on the following:
- Five-Star Quality Ratings of overall and individual star performance on health inspections, quality measures, and hours of care provided per resident by staff performing nursing care tasks.
- Health inspections results and complaints give detailed and summary information about deficiencies found during the 3 most recent state inspections and recent complaint investigations.
- Nursing home staffing information about the number of registered nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses, physical therapists and nursing assistants in each nursing home.
- A set of quality measures that describe the quality of care in nursing homes including percent of residents with pressure sore, percent of residents with urinary incontinence and more.
- Penalties against a nursing home.
Note: You may want to use a variety of resources when choosing a nursing home. Don’t rely only on the nursing home’s star rating to make a final decision. Visit the nursing homes you’re considering, if possible, or have someone visit for you.
Review the Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home - Opens in a new window and take a copy of the Nursing Home Checklist - Opens in a new window when you visit.