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Nursing Homes: Consumer Information - Using Information Wisely

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A search for Nursing Home Survey, or Choose a Nursing Home, or a visit to any of the Web sites mentioned in this entry will provide plenty of information about long-term care and making nursing home comparisons. Internet information is highly useful for developing an understanding of long-term care and long-term care planning in general, locating facilities in the area one is interested in, learning more about those specific facilities, and preparing for nursing home visits. One can download a checklist for a visit and prepare specific questions about a facility's survey history, residents, care specialties, and staffing. One can easily make comparisons to narrow the search to the facilities most likely to meet the prospective resident's needs. However, gathering consumer information from the Internet is no substitute for the sights and sounds of a nursing home visit.



Health Care Financing Administration. "Report to Congress: Appropriateness of Minimum Nurse Staffing Ratios in Nursing Homes." World Wide Web document, www.hcfa.gov

KASSNER, E., and BECTEL, R. W. Midlife and Older Americans with Disabilities: Who Gets Help? Washington, D.C.: AARP Public Policy Institute, 1998.

KEMPER, P., and MURTAUGH, C. "Lifetime Use of Nursing Home Care." New England Journal of Medicine 324, no. 9 (February 28, 1991). McKnight's Online. "Frequently Asked Questions about Long-Term Care." World Wide Web document, www.mcknightsonline.com

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