Data from February 2015
Information for this database was adapted from Nursing Home Compare, a database compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Experts recommend that the best way to choose a nursing home is to visit the home in person.
Nursing Home Compare rates homes on a five-star rating system, with 5 stars designating much-above average quality, and 1 star designating much-below average. There is one overall 5-star rating for each home, and a separate rating for each of three areas: health inspections, which are conducted through on-site reviews; staffing levels, which are based on the reported number of hours of care per resident; and quality measures, which are clinical measures of residents’ wellbeing.
The numbers of deficiencies, and the scope and severity of deficiencies, are citations made in the most recent inspections of homes. This database covers the past three inspection cycles, which is generally roughly three years.
The percent of residents who suffer from pressure sores is considered a key indicator of nursing home quality—lower numbers are better. Another quality measure is the percent of residents receiving an antipsychotic medication, lower numbers are better.
For more information, including how individual homes compare with statewide averages, go to: http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare