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Long term care/nursing home

Posted: 5/19/2011
Cindy, NJ:

My grandmother is in bad healh. She has ben in he hospital for a monh now. The nusing home she is at is poor. I need to find a place where she can be well. What can I do

Clare:
Hi Cindy,
Refer to our nursing home inspector tool to research homes in your area to find ones that have better ratings based on state inspections. You can also contact your state ombudsman for referral of homes they may be familiar with in your area. Of course word of mouth from other famiies in similar situations is always an excellent source for help. Be sure to go visit a few after you have done some initial screening based on state inspection reports. Take along a checklist you can print from our website. Talk with staff and other residents while you are touring facility.