Group offers guidance choosing nursing homes


An organization that advocates for better nursing homes has developed a series of online videos to help families choose nursing homes for loved ones.

The organization, known as the Illinois Pioneer Coalition, advocates for “culture change” in nursing homes, including allowing residents to make more decisions about their day-to-day lives.

The videos, which are available on YouTube here, include several suggestions:

  • Checking nursing home ratings, which are available from Medicare here.
  • Looking for nursing homes in which the same staff care for a resident each day.
  • Ask whether sleep schedules are rigid or determined by the resident.
  • Ask whether residents may choose between a bath or shower.
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