How can Nursing Home Compare help you?
Nursing Home Compare allows you to find and compare nursing homes certified by Medicare and Medicaid. This website contains quality of resident care and staffing information for more than 15,000 nursing homes around the country. Nursing homes provide skilled care to people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care. Skilled care includes skilled nursing or rehabilitation services to manage, observe, or assess a resident’s care. Examples of skilled care include occupational therapy, wound care, intravenous (IV) therapies, and physical therapy. You can learn more about other types of long-term care facilities here.
The information on Nursing Home Compare can help you learn:
- How nursing homes have performed on health and fire safety inspections
- How the nursing home is staffed with nurses and other healthcare providers
- How well nursing homes care for their residents
- Nursing homes that have had issues related to preventing abuse
- Nursing Homes that have had significant issues maintaining compliance to protect resident health and safety, and are part of the Special Focus Facility Program
Information on Nursing Home Compare is not an endorsement or advertisement for any nursing home and should be considered carefully. Use the information you find on this website along with other information you gather about nursing homes. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about the information on Nursing Home Compare. If possible, visit the nursing homes you are considering or have someone visit for you. You can also use the Nursing Home Checklist to get important information to help you make decisions about what nursing home best meets you or your family member’s needs. Read more about finding a nursing home.
Every nursing home resident deserves to retain their basic human dignity and to be treated with respect at all times. Abuse and neglect are never acceptable. The Nursing Home Compare website now includes information to alert consumers about abuse or neglect in nursing homes. Consumers using the Nursing Home Compare website to browse facilities will now see an icon by facilities that have been recently cited for resident harm or potential harm for abuse or neglect (the icon is the red circle with a hand in it, as shown above).
Abuse is defined as the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish. It includes verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and mental abuse.
If you feel that you, or someone you know, has been abused, please contact your state survey agency. If there is an emergency, including a suspected crime, you should call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Nursing homes cited for abuse are required to take steps to protect their residents. If you’re considering a nursing home that’s been cited for abuse, we encourage you to ask the administrator or other staff about what they’re doing to keep residents safe from abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or exploitation.
Abuse or neglect can happen at any time, and we encourage consumers to review the information on the Nursing Home Compare website, and gather other information to obtain a comprehensive view of a nursing home’s quality. For example, consumers can review inspection reports to see what types of citations have occurred in a nursing home, then talk to the facility about their concerns and learn what actions they have taken to address the issue. Consumers can also reach out to their Long-Term Care Ombudsman if they have concerns or questions about Medicare beneficiary rights and protections.
Note: Nursing homes are not included on Nursing Home Compare if they are not certified by Medicare or Medicaid. Those nursing homes may be licensed by a state. For information about nursing homes not on Nursing Home Compare, contact your State Survey Agency.Learn more about the nursing home certification process.