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Nursing Home Resources Available Online

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(Nov. 12) -- After years of criticism about conditions at the nation's nursing homes, the government has released information on all 17,000 of them in the United States, aiming to help consumers make good choices. For more information on the story, or to find information about a specific nursing home, explore these following online resources:

Nursing Home Compare: Click HERE to Compare Local Nursing Homes:
Welcome to Nursing Home Compare. The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Important Information on Nursing Home Compare and other resources, including the Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home, and Nursing Home Checklist are also available to help you with your nursing home choice. Use these tools, along with the information you gather during your visits to the nursing homes you are interested in to make your best choice.

Instructions on How to View the Violations for a Particular Nursing Home in Clark County, do this:

  1. Click here to see a list of all nursing homes in Clark County,
  2. Then check the box next to the home you are insterested in,
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the 'Next Step>' button, where you will get more specific info on inspection results and staffing.

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CBS News Coverage of Nursing Homes:

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Here are some Web links to organizations, reports and groups concerned with the care of elderly people:

Organizations:

Friends and Relatives of Institutionalized Aged
This nonprofit advocacy group seeks to create more effective laws and public policies. Its Web site includes a hotline number.
www.fria.org

American Health Care Association
Organization represents nursing homes.
www.ahca.org

Association for the Protection of the Elderly
Chairman Ila Swan, 800-569-7345
www.apeape.org

National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Consumer advocacy group's Web site offers fact sheets on federal regulations, publications and tips for residents and their families, as well as links local advocacy groups nationwide.
www.nccnhr.org

A Perfect Cause
Nursing home reform organization
www.aperfectcause.org

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Web sites:

Compare Nursing Homes:
www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp

HCFA's Nursing Home Search
A database search engine at this site allows users to check whether a particular nursing home has been cited for problems. Users can search by ZIP code or state. Note: Just because a home does not appear in the database, that does not mean it passed all inspections.
www.medicare.gov/nursing/home.asp

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
As another online database for researching individuals and entities, the search engine allows users to check whether a particular nursing home has been cited for problems. Users can search by ZIP code or state. Note: Just because a home does not appear in the database, that does not mean it passed all inspections.
www.hhs.gov/progorg/oig/cumsan/index.htm

Nursing Home Ratings
This private company rates nursing homes.
www.healthgrades.com

Administration on Aging
This link contains a fact sheet on elder abuse prevention.
www.aoa.dhhs.gov/factsheets/abuse.html

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Information Center
Operated by an investigative and consulting firm, this site includes information on what defines abuse, federal and state laws and recent news reports of abuse.
www.nursinghomeabuse.com/index.html

Michigan Consumer Guide to Nursing Homes
This ste contains a detailed checklist of things to look for, ask and consider when visiting a potential long-term care facility. Other states offer these, too.
www.hcam.org

National Center on Elder Abuse
This site includes information how to report abuse, statistics, fact sheets, information on federal laws and many Web links.
www.gwjapan.com/NCEA/

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Reports:

U.S. General Accounting Office Reports
For the most information, go to this search page and type "nursing homes" under subject terms.
www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml

HFCA Background and Report Overview
The report concludes that quality of care has not improved, and in fact, may be getting worse.
www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/deemovw.htm

Dept. of Health and Human Services
"Safeguarding Long Term Care Residents"
www.hhs.gov
(This link takes you to the summary. Another inside link goes to the PDF file of the entire document.)

Administration on Aging: Older American Caucus Congressional Hearing
pr.aoa.gov

Comments from DHHS Deputy Inspector General to Senate Committee
In argument for a system of national background checks at nursing homes, Thomas D. Roslewicz states, "There is no nationwide assurance that nursing home staff who could place elderly residents at risk are systematically identified and excluded from employment."
aging.senate.gov/hr25tr.htm

Health Care Financing Administration
"Nursing Facilities, Staffing, Residents and Facilities Deficiencies, 1992-1998"
hcfa.hhs.gova (A PDF file)

Report from the DHHS, Office of Inspector General
"Quality of Care in Nursing Homes: An Overview"
This is the government agency's argument for continuing and improving the current enforcement system.
www.dhhs.gov/progorg

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