What should you look for when comparing nursing homes?

There may come a point when you're seeking a nursing home facility for yourself or a loved one, such as an aging parent. With the right long-term care plan in place, you'll find it easier to not only make a final decision but to also pay for the required service.

With more than 15,000 nursing homes in the United States, you'll have many options when it comes time to compare facilities. And while many of them may appear the same, there are some key differences from one to the next.

Here are the types of things you should look for in a nursing home:

  • Cleanliness: There's no gray area here. If a nursing home doesn't meet your standards in regards to cleanliness, it's time to consider another facility.
  • Good reputation: It's easier than ever to learn more about the reputation of nursing homes, as all you have to do is search online. In addition to online reviews and ratings, discuss your options with people who are close to you, such as family members and friends.
  • Experienced and dedicated staff: This is the one detail that can make or break a nursing home experience. With an experienced and dedicated staff, you'll always know that you or your loved one is in good hands.

You never know what the future holds, so it doesn't hurt to plan in advance for nursing home care. Adding a long-term care component to your estate plan will go a long way in putting your mind at ease, while allowing you to take immediate action should the time come in the future.

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