How to Choose a Long Term Care Facility

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In an article today in the New York Times, readers learn how to manage the difficult process of choosing a nursing home or skilled nursing facility for a loved one.

"Finding a good nursing home takes research and perseverance," notes Walencia Konrad in the New York Times article Stressful But Vital: Picking a Nursing Home.  "You want a safe, engaging and pleasant environment with caring staff and solid medical practices."

The article suggests first checking online for survey results, rankings and other useful data.

Once you’ve narrowed your list, go visit facilities and then visit again.

Knowing the two most important questions to ask helps also, as does calling the state ombudsman’s office for information on abuse reports and recent changes in leadership positions.

Finally, go with your gut – the facility that feels like the right one probably is.

For details, check out the full article.

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