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Use the Web to Find the Right Nursing Home

Published: December 19, 2008

A growing number of baby boomers are (or will be) facing one of the most difficult decisions anyone ever has to make: choosing a nursing home for a loved one or yourself. That decision is now easier, thanks to a novel Web site called Nursing Home Compare from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that features a five-star rating system for every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the nation. Facilities receive one star (much below average) to five stars (much above average) in four categories: overall rating, health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. The site allows users to compare up to three facilities on the same screen.

To compare nursing homes and for more information about choosing a nursing home, visit medicare.gov/nhcompar.

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