Thursday, December 18, 2008

caregiving: nursing home compare

Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled their new 5-star rating system for nursing homes and care facilities.


Exhaustive information has always been available through CMS however, this works much like the more consumer familiar restaurant or lodging 5-star systems.

After checking it out this morning, I must offer applause for user friendliness and simplicity.

However, I also must also caution that searching and deciding on 24/7 care is NEVER simple. Certainly use this new tool as a start.

Then visit, visit, and visit again. Your impressions and what you actually see and feel is far more important than data. Care is always about people.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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  1. Just popped in to wish you a very Happy Birthday. You are an amazing human being!


  2. wise advice Patrick; I would imagine one should go and check out facilities like this at different times and different days and perhaps even a surprise visit or two too to really see what is happening

    Happy Birthday!


  3. Oh oh oh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Now the CMS critics are saying the structure of the program is all wrong, the ratings relies too heavily on inspections and doesn't get info from patients or their families. So visit and talk to everybody there!
    And strange that your comments are from two dogs and a cat......

  4. I recommended the facility that my Mom was in to a friend.
    Then I thought what if they don't like it...but I told them to go often see what was happening at different times of the day,etc.
    They did all of that and love the place. Actually they are admitting that the care there is far better then they were able to provide at home. There are some good places!


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