One of the most difficult decisions a person can make is whether to place a loved one in a Nursing Home. The guilt and angst that each person goes through is palpable and will have long standing ramifications. Most people are desperate for any and all information available, especially given the short time you have to make such a monumental decision. One of the first things to do is use your computer or phone to go to www.medicare.gov to review all potential facilities in your area
The Medicare Nursing Home Compare site was established to give important information to all residents and loved ones as to the problems and/or lack of problems of each facility. This is sometimes known as the 5 Start rating. The rating is based on a number of topics, such as staffing, complaints, death, problems occurring and many other topics. CMS has just released information adding 5 additional topics regarding short term stays in nursing homes. CMS Press Release. Thus if you are looking for a facility for a short term stay, you will know have information available.
Nursing Home abuse and neglect is a tremendous violation of both you and your loved ones trust and dignity. If you think there is something wrong, the probably is. Call the Nursing Home team at Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom and Sinins. As Advocates for the Dignified Care of the Elderly, we are there for you, and have offices through out the State of New Jersey and in New York.