Nursing Homes

Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

  • Make a decision to put a person in a nursing home your last resort, not your first
  • Explore options to keep the person at home instead, e.g.:
    • Hiring nurses and/or aides to live in and/or visit the person
    • Getting help from a hospice group
  • Call area office on aging
  • Call ombudsmen

If the person must go to a nursing home:

  • Compare nursing homes, e.g., at
  • Review facilities’ certification and licensing reports
    • Check for evidence of patient care violations – on file with state public health department – they are public records – you have a right to see them – you can also ask the nursing home to see their copies – don’t take anything for granted – don’t take "no" for an answer when asking to see records (if they balk, you walk!)


Thanks for reading!