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Learn More about Choosing a Nursing Home

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Long Term Care Providers Overview (2014, CDC)

National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) provides data on nursing homes, residential facilities (such as assisted living) and more. See overview of the industry (107 pages), which provides a framework for 15,700 nursing homes, 22,200 residential facilities and 12,200 home health agencies. For-profit proportions vs non-profit are shown. Gives consumers a view of staffing differences. Hospice and adult day care use shown. No quality measures are included

Medicare's Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home (pdf)

Guide contains checklists and ideas for how to find a nursing home that is right for you or your family member. Includes glossary of terms, Resident Rights information and more. Federal Government Publication by CMS (CMS-02174), revised May 2017; 48 pages

National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

Hopefully, trends will be added with the next survey update. Through CDC's National Center for Health Statistics

Nursing Home Trends in Quality - 2015 (pdf)

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows trends in a few measures related to quality for nursing homes as a whole. See Trends in Nursing Facility Standard Health Survey, March 2015. Uses CASPER data (formerly OSCAR).

Nursing Homes Quality - GAO Report October 2015 (pdf)

Nursing Home complaints are up, but citations for serious deficiencies are down. This 52-page report by the Government Accounting Office (GAO 16-33) is meant more for healthcare leaders and policy-makers, than for consumers. See Appendix section (beginning page 37) to find out how your state compares. Complaints are counted per nursing home, but not standardized to size. GAO recommends closer tracking and auditing

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Health Fact Sheets - 100 topics

Short easy-to-read fact sheets on over 100 health topics, including standard public health topics. Sample: breast cancer, cervical cancer, Choosing a Nursing Home, chronic fatigue, domestic violence, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, gout, hepatitis, incontinence, lung cancer, MRSA, prostate cancer, west nile virus. Prepared by Illinois Department of Public Health

Long-Term Care Data (AARP) 2012

Statistical report by AARP (Across the States 2012: Profiles of Long-term Services and Supports) includes home health and nursing home utilization data from 2010 and average 2011 prices for home health, nursing home and assisted living facilities (p. 26). Individual state detail. Full report is 370 pages

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