Nursing homes provide their residents with 24-hour safety monitoring and on-site medical care.
Designed for a person who can’t be cared for at home but doesn’t need a hospital, nursing homes are not only for the elderly.
Costs for this type of long-term care average around $250 per day. According to insurance company, Genworth, in Wisconsin, in 2018, a private room at a nursing home was just over $300 a day, so it’s vital that you make the best choice.
Where would you go to research the best nursing home for someone you love? What about yelp?
Gerontologists at the University of Southern California have been looking into yelp nursing home reviews, and think they would make a good addition to your prospective nursing home research. They say the federal government website is faulty. Two out of three of the rating categories are rated by the homes themselves.
Most reviews on yelp focus on the quality of care, giving an honest third party opinion.
Sam Wilson, Wisconsin's director of the AARP, said Wisconsin’s Board on Aging and Long term Care is a great resource.
“They are specifically there to help people make decisions like which nursing home would best fit their loved ones or themselves,” said Wilson.
Experts say you also need to be thorough in your research. Plan ahead and begin before the life-changing hospital emergency occurs. Ask your doctor, family, friends, etc. about their experiences with nursing homes. Take some “just in case” tours to get a feel for things.
The cost of long term care can be affected by factors such as the time of year, extra charges for services beyond the basics, and variable rates in community programs. Things like semi-private rooms may cost less than private rooms. If you’re in a crunch, ask the hospital’s discharge planner or social worker for their recommendations.