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Comparing Nursing Homes

Use this checklist to ask the right questions when choosing a long-term care facility

Nursing Home
Checklist

Facility Name                                                                                                                                     

Address                                                                                                                                               Check:               First Visit •               Second Visit •                

Date(s)Visited:                        

Morning •              Afternoon      •            Evening  

Circle:   Mon         Tue          Wed           Thu             Fri             Sat           Sun

(You may want to attach the facility's rate sheet for easier comparison.)

The Basics:

Is the facility Medicare certified?

Yes

No

Is the facility Medicaid certified?

Yes

No

Has the license ever been revoked?

Yes

No

Is the facility accepting new patients?                                                                  
Yes      No

Is there a waiting period for admission?                                                              
Yes      No

Does the facility conduct background checks

on all of the staff?                                                                                                
• Yes      No

How many licensed nurses are on duty at each shift?                                                                 RNs   LPNs    

What is the patient to staff ratio?                                                                                                  Nurse to patient?                                   Aide to patient?                         

Does the nursing home have an active family council?                                        
Yes      No

What is the visiting policy?                                                                                                             

What is the facility's discharge policy?                                                                                          

Is transportation available so the resident can visit

the doctor?

Yes      No                                                                                                 

Are the care planning meetings held at times that are easy

for residents and their family members to attend?                                               
Yes      No

Safety:

Are stairs and hallways well lighted?

Yes

No

Are exits well marked?

Yes

No

Do the hallways have handrails?

Yes

No

Do rooms and bathrooms have grab bars and call buttons?

Yes

No

Are there safety locks on the doors and windows?

Yes

No

Are there security and fire safety systems?

Yes

No

Is there an emergency generator or alternate power source?

Yes

No

Is the floor plan logical and easy to follow?

Yes

No

Care Issues:

Does the facility have a fresh smell?                                                                     
Yes        No

Are residents clean and well groomed?                                                               
Yes        No

Do staff members interact well with residents?                                                   
Yes        No

Are residents participating in activities and exercise?

Do the residents have the same caregivers on a daily basis?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Does the staff respond quickly to calls for help?

Is there fresh water available in the rooms?

Does the food look and smell good?

Are the residents offered choices of food at mealtimes?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Are the residents who need assistance eating or drinking

receiving it?  

Yes        No

Are there nutritious snacks available throughout the day

and evening?

• Yes        • No

Is physical therapy available for as long as the resident needs it?                   
  • Yes        No

Does the staff have special training to deal with dementia?                               
Yes        No

Are there special units, programs or services for special needs,

such as Alzheimer's?                                                                                      
Yes        No

Quality of Life:

Are residents' rights posted?

Yes

No

Does the staff knock before entering a resident's room?

Yes

No

Are the doors shut when a resident is being dressed or bathed?

 

Yes

 

No

Is the facility an easy place for family and friends to visit?

Yes

No

Does the nursing home meet cultural, religious or language needs?                 
Yes        No

Does the nursing home have outdoor areas for residents and help for

residents who want to spend time outside?                                               
Yes        No

Are the residents allowed to make choices about daily routine

(for example, when to go to bed, when to get up, when to bathe

or when to eat)?                                                                                                      

Yes        No

Are the residents allowed to have personal articles and furniture in

their rooms?     

Yes        No

Is the staff friendly, considerate and helpful?                                             
Yes        No

Does the facility have a friendly, home-like environment?                              
Yes        No

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