About The Home

This information is collected through the inspection process and is reviewed by nursing home inspectors.

Accepts Medicare
Medicare pays for some nursing home care in specific situations and for no more than 100 days for each benefit period. A benefit period begins the day you go to a skilled nursing facility. The benefit period ends when you have not received skilled nursing care for 60 days in a row.

Accepts Medicaid
Medicaid pays for long term care for people with low incomes and resources. Check out with your State Medicaid Agency for the income levels in your State. If a nursing home does not participate in the Medicaid program and does not accept Medicaid patients, and the resident runs out of other funds/coverage, the resident will have to move to another nursing home if he/she wants to be on Medicaid.

Type of Ownership
Nursing homes can be run by private for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, religious affiliated organizations or government entities. Quality can vary in nursing homes within each of the different types of ownership. Each nursing home needs to be judged on its own merits.

Located within a Hospital
The nursing home is affiliated with a hospital. Often if a home is located within a hospital setting, it usually provides short-term rehab only.

Multi-Nursing Home (chain) Ownership
Multi-nursing home chains have two or more homes under one ownership or operation.

Resident and Family Councils
Resident and family councils can facilitate communications with staff. The law requires nursing homes to allow councils to be set up by residents and families. If a nursing home does not have a resident and family council, ask the Administrator why. Ask to talk with council presidents to get a sense of how the nursing home has acted on their concerns.

Beds
This measure represents the total number of Medicare/Medicaid Certified Beds in the nursing home. Some nursing homes can have a combination of Medicare, Medicaid, and/or private pay beds. Please check with the nursing home to find out what types of beds are available.

Residents
This number tells you how many residents in Medicare/Medicaid Certified Beds were living in the nursing home at the time of the inspection.

Occupied
This measure indicates the percentage of Medicare/Medicaid Certified Beds occupied by residents at the time of the inspection. It is obtained by taking the number of beds occupied at the time of the inspection divided by the total number of Medicare/Medicaid Certified beds in the nursing home. If the nursing home were 100 percent full, there would be no beds available. This could mean that the nursing home is in high demand or that there may be a waiting list for admission. If a home has an occupancy rate well below that of other nursing homes in the same area, you should ask questions about the low occupancy rate.

Reference: The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare