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Mar 17, 2016 7:11 PM

How to make sure you or your loved one is in a safe nursing home

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NEW HAMPSHIRE - When it comes to nursing homes, there are ways to protect yourself or a loved one by looking into a facility's record.

Nursing homes are inspected on a regular basis, and those inspection reports are made public. They look at a number of complaints and possible deficiencies including any possible mistreatment, quality of care, nutrition and pharmacy service, just to name a few.

A good investigative source is medicare.gov. The site's "Nursing Home Compare" is one place to access these reports. You can search by zip code, city, or state, or by a specific facility. The site will bring up a list of the facilities in the searched area and display a quick overview. If you want to know more, the site also provides some very detailed information on the condition and health of its residents and compares those factors to state and national averages.

Under federal law, there is a the state's Long-term Care Ombudsman program in place which works to protect nursing home residents. The office will advocate for a patient that has any complaints, and will also help you investigate a nursing home when you are shopping for a place for you or your loved one to live. It's a one stop shop.

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