Three steps to help you use the Consumer Health Ratings guide for nursing home ratings:
1. Check the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare site (at Medicare care-compare), and compare the star ratings (and details) for the nursing homes you’re interested in.
2. Visit your state’s web site to see inspection reports and complaints on nursing homes in your county and county-wide averages.
3. Check the list of Special Focus Facilities (SFFs). Is this nursing home on it? If so, do a deep dive on what is happening at the nursing home before choosing it. SFFs and Candidates for the SFF program have a history of serious quality problems. See what options you have and plan to visit the facilities you’re interested in, before you decide.