Resources for Selecting an Elder Care Facility
Selecting an elder care facility is a difficult and import decision. The resident or family member needs to consider many factors including the location, costs, payment sources such as Medicaid and Minnesota Elder Waiver, and probably most importantly the care needs of the resident and the services offered by the provider.
Another important issue is to consider the quality of care the potential nursing home, assisted living, memory care provider, home care provider, group home or other care or service provider focused on elder and vulnerable adult clients.
Additional Resources for Selecting and Elder Care Facility
Before selecting an elder care provider you want to review the past Medicaid surveys, as well as the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints findings for the facility you are considering. You may also want to make sure the facility is not on the Medicare Special Focus Facility list of providers with deficiencies well above the above in average pertaining to quality of care provided to residents.
Click here for more selecting an elder care facility or choosing a nursing home.
Also see Minnesota Choosing a Facility from the MDH, which has links to more information including: finding licensed facilities and providers, Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card, a statewide source of information Minnesota Help, Medicare Compare for Home Health Care Providers and Medicare Compare for Nursing Homes.
In some cases information on facilities can be found at U.S.News, Find Nursing Home Rating.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, information on Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Long Term Care Facilities.
Finally, The Center for Medicare Medicaid Services, CMS, Offers a Nursing Home Selection Checklist covering many important care and service related issues before choosing a facility.
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you need more information about selecting an elder care facility or have concerns about medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.