Care Centers and Family Decisions

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Making the decision to put a loved one in a care facility, otherwise known as nursing home, can be an agonizing decision.  Forbes recently posted an article on the “shaming” that goes with placing parents/loved ones in care centers.  The article goes on to write how family members closest to the parent/loved one deal with guilt and grief brought on by themselves and even relatives. There are so many factors that go into a major decision like this and I am sure are not taken lightly. I encourage family members and loved ones to help and support each other going through a difficult time like this because it not only helps you, but the person transitioning to the care center.  As a consumer, you do have places that can help when making these decisions and Nursing Home Compare is one tool along with A Place for Mom.  Here is some more information below:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has listed six new quality measures to Nursing Home Compare:

  1. Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged to the community (claims-based)
  2. Percentage of short-stay residents who have had an outpatient emergency department visit (claims-based)
  3. Percentage of short-stay residents who were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission (claims-based)
  4. Percentage of short-stay residents who made improvements in function (MDS-based)
  5. Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened (MDS-based)
  6. Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication (MDS-based)

You might think, why is this important to me or a loved one?  Well, our Medicare/Medicaid system is making the transition to payment for quality and positive outcomes, which these new quality measures have an impact on how facilities and providers are paid.  In addition to incentivizing better outcomes and quality for patients (shocking concept), this promotes transparency.  With these types of measures and reporting you and I (the public) are able to view how centers are doing by a rating scale.  Are you curious to see how the facility that your loved one is in rates on a five-star basis? Check it out here:   https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

I encourage you to check it out and see the ratings and the material that the site provides you.  A great resource for families looking for senior care options is called A Place for Mom.

This one is for your Grandma.

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