Choosing a Facility

A valuable online tool is “Nursing Home Compare” found in the “Search Tools” area of medicare.gov.

The Medicare website has a list of items that may help you determine what facility is best for you. Visit medicare.gov to find the full checklist or review this partial list below.

Basic Information

The SNF provides the skilled care you need, and a bed is available.

The SNF has special services if needed in a separate unit (e.g. dementia, ventilator, or rehabilitation), and a bed is available.

The SNF is located close enough for friends and family to visit.

Appearance

Patients are clean, appropriately dressed for the season or time of day, and well groomed.

Living Spaces

The SNF appears clean and well kept.

The temperature in the SNF is comfortable for residents.

Staff

The relationship between the staff and the residents appears to be warm, polite, and respectful.

All staff wear name tags.

There is a full-time Registered Nurse (RN) in the SNF at all times, other than the Director of Nursing.

Rooms

Patients may have personal belongings and/or furniture in their rooms.

Each patient has personal storage space (closet and drawers) in his or her room.

Patients have access to a personal telephone and television.

Patients have a choice of roommates.

Activities

Patients, including those who are unable to leave their rooms, may choose to take part in a variety of activities.

The SNF has outdoor areas for patient use and staff help patients go outside.

Safety & Care

Patients get preventative care, like a yearly flu shot, to help keep them healthy.

Patients may still see their regular doctors.

Care plan meetings are held with patients and family members at times that are convenient whenever possible.

The SNF has corrected all deficiencies (failure to meet one or more Federal or State requirements) on its last state inspection report.