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Choosing a Nursing & Rehab Center: checklist to review options

Choosing a Nursing & Rehab Center: checklist to review options

Physical Environment

  •  Are private rooms available?
  •  Does the community have a pet?
  •  Does the community have safety features, such as handrails and grab bars?
  • Certification and Licensure
  •  What levels of care does the community offer?
  •      Skilled nursing care?
  •      Short-term rehabilitation?
  •      Memory care?
  •  Is the facility Medicare certified?
  •  Is the facility Medicaid certified?
  •  Are the home and its current administrator licensed?

Dining Services

  •  Does the dining room look and smell inviting?
  •  Are three daily meals, snacks and beverages included in the monthly rate?
  •  Can the community accommodate special dietary needs?
  •  Is there a dietician or nutritionist involved in meal planning?

Activities and Programs

  •  Are activities scheduled throughout the day and evening?
  •  Are fitness classes offered?
  •  Are there dedicated spaces for resident clubs and informal gatherings?
  •  Does the community offer regular outings to local restaurants, theaters, museums and other destinations?
  •  Are there outdoor spaces available for walking, gardening and recreation?
  •  Do the residents appear engaged?

Resident and Staff Interaction

  •  How many Registered Nurses (RNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are on staff?
  •  What type of education and training do staff members have?
  •  Do all staff members undergo screenings and background checks prior to employment?
  •  How does the community handle residents who need additional care and support?
  •  Is there a care plan developed for every resident?
  •  What is the staff-to-resident ratio for each level of care?
  •  What is the staff-to-resident ratio at night and on weekends?

Fees and Costs

  •  What services are included in the daily rate?
  •  What services are available for an additional fee? What are the fees?
  •  How often do rate increases occur?


  •  Is the community conveniently located for friends and family to visit?
  •  Are there shopping, dining and entertainment options near the community?
  •  Is the community near preferred medical providers?

Sources: www.whereyoulivematters.org, a senior living resource powered by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and www.medicare.gov, 

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