For those looking into nursing home alternatives, some suggestions:1. As noted, check out the government websites of nursing homes, and specifically the '5 Star' ranking of the ones you are considering http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/Include/DataSection/Questi...2. Have a look at the short list, nationally, of USNews 'Honor Roll' nursing homes. http://eldercarenotebook.blogspot.com/2009/07/nursing-home-h...3. See what the CNA's who are actually providing hands-on care are saying, in their own forums. While they won't name employer names, you can get an idea of their issues and frustrations.http://www.indeed.com/forum/job/nursing-assistant/is-conside...4. After looking at #3, find out about actual coverage ratios, for instance at night and on weekends. Not their goals, but right then.5. Take 30 minutes to learn some of the tell-tale giveaway signs of quality care.http://www.aarp.org/community/GertrudeCNA/journals/Saw_Horse...6. Check out an Elder Abuse Attorney's website: http://www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com/check the actual ownership of the home, and avoid any that are owned by corporations that are having persistent problems in their other homes.7. Understand if the home is for-profit or non-profit (caregiving staff salaries, on average are higher in non-profits).http://eldercarenotebook.blogspot.com/2009/07/cdc-on-nursing...For more, including stay-at-home alternatives, especially for those with LTC insurance, check out the AARP and other forums.http://www.aarp.org/community/groups/CaregivingGertrudewww.ElderCareNotebook.blogspot.com
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