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Using the Nursing Home Compare tool to identify abuse

If you are searching for a nursing home that suits your loved one’s needs or you would like to review a facility that you or a loved one currently reside in, take advantage of the different resources that are at your disposal. For example, if you want to take a closer look at a particular nursing home before making final decisions, or to compare your different options, you can use the Nursing Home Compare tool featured on Medicare’s website.

This tool helps people identify potentially problematic nursing homes and helps families make sure that they place their loved ones in a suitable environment. Sadly, abuse in nursing homes continues to occur and is not always reported.

What is the Nursing Home Compare tool?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published information on the Nursing Home Compare tool and the different ways it helps families make smart decisions with respect to nursing home placement. For example, if CMS cites a nursing home for abuse during an inspection, the results display a red alert icon next to the nursing home’s listing on the Nursing Home Compare website. The CMS removes these warning notifications once they determine that the nursing home has remedied the issue(s) during a follow-up inspection.

How does the Nursing Home Compare site help prevent abuse?

The Nursing Home Compare website can help you make a smart, informed decision and recognize any potential red flags regarding abuse at a facility you are considering. It is important to pore over the ins and outs of a nursing home before making up your mind.

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