Choosing the right nursing home is a huge decision. With the creation of the new Pennsylvania Nursing Home Quality Task Force, it’s obviously important to do your research into a nursing home because of the rampant nursing home negligence and abuse.
There are over 700 long-term care facilities in the state, so it can be tough to decide. Naturally, you want to make sure your loved one is safe, has access to the medical and convalescent care they need and is well-cared for at all times. Below are three useful resources to find information about prospective nursing homes in Pennsylvania for your loved one.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Reports
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH) has numerous reports about nursing homes that you may find useful. To locate the latest reports, visit the PDOH homepage, then navigate to Health Statistics and Research > Health Statistics > Nursing Home Reports.
In the reports, you can find info such as the following.
- The name of all facilities in the state, the number of beds they have, what forms of payment they accept, their availability, and their occupancy rates
- Resident Census
- Information about types of staff on hand (Certified Nursing Assistants, dieticians, etc.)
- The kind of ownership for each facility, how many staffed beds they have, number of admissions and discharges, the number of deaths, and the average length of stay
The Area Agency on Aging
Also, the DOH recommends speaking with your local Area Agency on Aging (AoA) representative or Ombudsman. “Because they typically deal with the nursing homes when assessing an individual’s need for nursing home placement, they will be able to offer some insight as to the quality of care rendered at the facility,” the DOH notes.
There are 52 Area Agencies on Aging in Pennsylvania. You can locate the one nearest you by going to the national AAA website and using their AAA finder.
Not only will your local rep have input about nursing homes in your area, but they can also provide you with these helpful resources.
- Info and referrals for support services
- Family caregiver support
- Health insurance counseling
- Adult protective services
- Pharmaceutical assistance
Medicare Comparison Tool
Medicare.gov has a search tool in which you can compare ratings of nursing homes in your area. The database provides general info about each facility, as well as how it ranks (on a five-star scale) overall, for health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. You can compare up to three nursing homes at a time.
When You Need a Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Attorney
If your loved one sustained harm as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, you would want to talk to an attorney for information about your legal options. You might be able to obtain compensation for damages. For a lawyer in Pennsylvania that handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 and schedule a free consultation.