What are the best online resources to use when looking for a nursing home? We have the top 3 right here.

Medicare.gov

Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare is the best place to start your on-line research when you are looking for a nursing home. This site allows you to search by city or zip code to find nursing homes in your area. Each nursing home is signed an overall star rating along with a breakdown of the ratings based on health inspection results, staffing levels, and quality measure outcomes. This is a great way to see what homes are in your area and then narrow your search down to a few that you can look into more and later tour. Many other websites that advertise nursing home ratings are really just pulling their information from Medicare.gov and oftentimes it is not up-to-date. So, we recommend just going right to the source and check out Medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

ISDH Consumer Reports

This site is similar to Medicare.gov, but it is produced by the Indiana State Department of Health. It shows much of same information as Medicare.gov, but goes into much more depth. Also note that it is a bit more cumbersome to use and not quite as streamline as Medicare.gov. In addition to health inspection information this site also will show information about Administration, Ownership, Enforcement Actions, and give you a Report Card Score that is based on the past 3 surveys. To reach this site go to www.in.gov/isdh, then click “Consumer Reports”.

Individual Nursing Home Websites

Once you have narrowed your search to a few select homes it is time to take a look at their individual websites. Most websites will indicate the services offered by the facility, allow you to view photos of the building, and let you know about what makes them unique. This can be helpful for you to get a feel for the facility and may answer many of the questions you have. Each facility website is different and some may offer more detailed information than others.