In the excellent article “Dementia Care Consultant Offers Advice to Caregivers” (March 7) by Gary Rotstein, gerontologist Rachael Wonderlin gives some great tips about looking for the right place for someone who has dementia. As a patient advocate, nursing home administrator and instructor, I would like to offer a few other tips.
All nursing homes are rated through a five-star rating system and their ratings and their surveys and complaints are posted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. You can find those ratings for any nursing home in the country by going to medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.
All personal care home inspection results are listed through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
These two reports along with Ms. Wonderlin’s tips will provide the consumer with some helpful information for caregivers with the overwhelming task of looking for placement for their loved ones
Caregiver Champion provides health care patient advocacy.