Resources and references


Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home – Provides information to help individuals, family members, caregivers, and those who assist them find and compare nursing homes, and make informed decisions about nursing home care. (

How to Choose the Right Nursing Home, Step by Step – Overview on whether a nursing home is necessary, doing the legwork to find the right home, and a checklist of questions to ask. (US News)

Evaluating nursing homes

Nursing Home Compare – Searchable database that helps you compare and rate Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the U.S., including staffing, health inspections and quality measures. (

Search Senior Housing Facilities – US News and World Report provides a searchable database of nursing homes, organizing data provided by Medicare. (US News and World Report)

Citizen Advocacy Groups – Provides information about citizen advocacy groups in your area, as well as contact information for all state ombudsmen. (National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform).

Choosing a Nursing Home – Tips on finding and evaluating facilities, and details on financing this type of care. (The Health Pages)

Checklists for visiting a nursing home

Nursing Home Checklist – A comprehensive list of issues to consider while selecting an appropriate facility, under categories: First Impression, Living Area and Accommodations, Moving In/Contracts/Finances, Health/Personal Care/Services, Social & Recreational, Staff, Food, Licensure & Certification. (

Making the transition

Transition to Care – Helps both residents and family members ease the adjustment to Nursing Home living. (

Nursing home costs

Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care – Detailed information about Medicare coverage of skilled nursing care, including examples, as well as ways to get help paying for skilled care. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services)

Guide to Long Term Care Insurance – Information about policies, how to evaluate them, and questions to ask. (America’s Health Insurance Plans)

Medicaid Rules – A general overview of what assets are considered in qualification for Medicaid, and what protections there are for a spouse. (ElderLaw)

Authors: Joanna Saison M.A., Doug Russell, L.C.S.W., and Monika White, Ph.D. Last updated: May 2016.


Out of pocket costs without insurance ranges from $250 to $350 per 24hr care and at times a combo of long term care, worker’s comp,pension,one or more health insurance carriers and real estate sale can help with nursing home costs.

Prepare early and contact Connie 408-854-1883 for free referrals to senior care homes (6 clients per home) for 24/7 care in a home setting.