Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home


Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home


This 68-page guide is designed to help consumers find and compare nursing homes. It can help families make the best choice when planning ahead or when they need to make an unexpected decision.

This guide includes the following sections:

  • Welcome
    • Important information if you have Medicare
    • For readers who are helping another person choose a nursing home
    • How to use this booklet
    • Who can help answer questions?
  • Choosing the type of care you need
    • Long-term care choices
  • Steps to choosing a nursing home
  • Nursing home checklist
  • Making the arrangements to enter a nursing home
  • Paying for nursing home care and other health care costs
  • In the nursing home
    • Adjusting to your new home
    • Reporting and resolving problems
    • Care plans
    • Your resident rights and protections
  • For more information


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: December 2005
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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