Selecting a nursing home is a daunting task. While there are plenty of online resources available that can help you narrow your search, the best resources are opinionated and knowledgeable humans, not searchable online directories and databases. One of the benefits of working with an elder law attorney is that you will be able to leverage that professional’s knowledge and experience, making your search for appropriate placement much more meaningful, targeted, and relevant. While I would never select a facility for you, together with my social service partners I can get you the information you need to make good decisions, taking into account the specifics of your situation and your goals for care. Ultimately, of course, the decision about which facility is best for you and your loved one is an individual one that only you can make.
Just so you can gain an understanding of the numbers and types of facilities out there, though, here are several online resources you can utilize:
- Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare
- The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Nursing Home Guide
Remember that while Medicare does not pay for the ongoing expenses associated with long term care in a nursing home, there are other government programs available (like Medicaid) that do. Terner Elder Law, P.L. can help you qualify for Medicaid to help pay nursing home bills.