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Choosing a Nursing Home
Moving into a nursing home may be a planned decision based on a gradual loss of independence or a crisis upon discharge from a hospital. During gradual loss of abilities, home and community-based care, senior housing, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities are viable options. Contact the Rhode Island ombudsman program for more information at 401-785-3340 or 1-888-351-0808.
Online resources to help in choosing a nursing home
• Medicare's Nursing Home Compare (Medicare)
This tool has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid
certified nursing home in the country.
• Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
This publication is designed to help people make informed decisions about
nursing home care, whether the decision is being planned for in advance or
being made unexpectedly.
• Eldercare Locator (U.S. Administration on Aging)
The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults
in any U.S. community. You can find local information resources on the
website link below, or calling toll-free 1-800-677-1116.
Online resources related to paying for nursing home & assisted living facility care
• Medicare Plan Choice
• Medigap Insurance Comparisons
Making the Arrangements to Enter a Nursing Home
Health Care Advance Directives you may be asked if you have a health care advance directive:
A health care advance directive is a written document that says how you want medical decisions to be made if you can’t make decisions for yourself. The two most commonly prepared health care advance directives are:
A Living Will is a written legal document that says what type of treatments you want or don’t want in case you cannot speak for yourself. This document typically only come into effect if you’re terminally ill (usually if you have six month or less to live) or permanently unconscious and cannot speak for yourself. A Living will doesn’t let you name someone to make health care decisions for you.
A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is a legal document that names someone else to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to make your own decisions.
If you don’t have a health care advance directive and need help preparing one, or need more information, talk to a social worker, discharge planner, your doctor, or the nursing home staff. You can call your local area agency on aging to find out if your state has any legal services that help with preparing these forms. You will find the telephone number in the blue pages of your local telephone book.
Personal Needs Account (PNA) you may wish to open an account managed by the nursing home. You can deposit money into the account for personal use. Check with the nursing home to see how they manage these accounts. You may only have access to the account at certain times.