Selecting A Nursing Home

Items to consider when selecting a nursing home or care facility for a parent or loved one include:

I. Initial Considerations:

Location:

Purpose:

Availability and Payment:    Is the facility accepting new Medicare, ALTCS, or Private Pay Patients?

II.     RESEARCH & LEG WORK:

*** Do your homework.   There is no substitute for research and good old-fashioned legwork. ***

//www.medicare.gov/nursing/checklist.asp

//www.medicare.gov/Nursing/Checklist.pdf

//www.azdhs.gov/als/ltc/index.htm

//hsapps.azdhs.gov/ls/sod/SearchProv.aspx?type=LTC

III.    Visit the facility.

We recommend that you visit the facility, unannounced, more than once, and at different times per day.   Pay attention to everything you see, hear, touch, and smell. A small sample of things to look for:

IV. Additional Resources:

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

DIVISION OF LICENSING SERVICES

Office of Long-Term Care Licensing

150 North 18th AveSuite 440, Phoenix, AZ 85007

400 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701