Does the nursing home have the level of care I
Does the nursing home have a bed available?
Does the nursing home offer specialized
services, such as a special unit for care for a
resident with dementia, ventilator care, or
Is the nursing home located close enough for
friends and family to visit?
Are the residents clean, well groomed, and
appropriately dressed for the season or time of
Nursing Home Living Spaces
Is the nursing home free from overwhelming
Does the nursing home appear clean and well
Is the temperature in the nursing home
comfortable for residents?
Does the nursing home have good lighting?
Are the noise levels in the dining room and
other common areas comfortable?
Is smoking allowed? If so, is it restricted to
certain areas of the nursing home?
Are the furnishings sturdy, yet comfortable
Does the relationship between the staff and
residents appear to be warm, polite, and
Does the staff wear name tags?
Does the staff knock on the door before
entering a resident’s room? Do they refer to
residents by name?
Does the nursing home offer a training and
continuing education program for all staff?
Does the nursing home check to make sure
they don’t hire staff members who have been
found guilty of abuse, neglect or mistreatment
of residents; or have a finding of abuse, neglect,
or mistreatment of residents in the state nurse
Is there a licensed nursing staff 24 hours a day,
including a Registered Nurse (RN) present at
least 8 hours per day, 7 days a week?
Will a team of nurses and Certified Nursing
Assistants (CNAs) work with me to meet my
Do CNAs help plan the care of residents?
Is there a person on staff that will be assigned
to meet my social service needs?
If I have a medical need, will the staff contact
my doctor for me?
Has there been a turnover in administration
staff, such as the administrator or director of
nurses, in the past year?
Can residents have personal belongings and
furniture in their rooms?
Does each resident have storage space (closet
and drawers) in his or her room?
Does each resident have a window in his or her
Do residents have access to a personal phone
Do residents have a choice of roommates?
Are there policies and procedures to protect
residents’ possessions, including lockable
cabinets and closets?
Hallway, Stairs, Lounges, and Bathrooms
Are exits clearly marked?
Are there quiet areas where residents can visit
with friends and family?
Does the nursing home have smoke detectors
Are all common areas, resident rooms, and
doorways designed for wheelchair use?
Are handrails and grab bars appropriately
placed in the hallways and bathrooms?
Menus and Food
Do residents have a choice of food items at
each meal? (Ask if your favorite foods are
Can the nursing home provide for special
dietary needs (like low-salt or no-sugar-added
Are nutritious snacks available upon request?
Does the staff help residents eat and drink at
mealtimes if help is needed?
Can residents, including those who are unable
to leave their rooms, choose to take part in a
variety of activities?
Do residents have a role in planning or
choosing activities that are available?
Does the nursing home have outdoor areas
for resident use? Is the staff available to help
residents go outside?
Does the nursing home have an active
Safety and Care
Does the nursing home have an emergency
evacuation plan and hold regular fire drills
(bed-bound residents included)?
Do residents get preventive care, like a yearly
flu shot, to help keep them healthy? Does the
facility assist in arranging hearing screenings
or vision tests?
Can residents still see their personal
doctors? Does the facility help in arranging
transportation for this purpose?
Does the nursing home have an arrangement
with a nearby hospital for emergencies?
Are care plan meetings held with residents and
family members at times that are convenient
and flexible whenever possible?
Has the nursing home corrected all
deficiencies (failure to meet one or more
state or Federal requirements) on its last state