How To Find The Best Nursing Homes In Buffalo & Rochester, NY
You can compare Buffalo and Rochester, New York nursing homes at Medicare’s website: http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html. Enter the city or zip code in the search box. A list of three New York nursing homes at a time will appear for you to compare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses a five-star system, with one star being much below average and five stars considered to be much above average.
The New York Department of Health also has information about New York nursing homes and the quality of care that they provide here. Use this information to ask questions of nursing home representatives and health care professionals, as well as family members and friends who have had experience with a particular nursing home. After reviewing this helpful information, visit the nursing homes in which you are interested. Read the inspection reports for each home. These reports describe in detail how the facility did not meet the minimum standard of care.
5-Star Review Ratings For Nursing Homes Are Based On The Following Three Items
- Health Inspections rating are based on the three most recent comprehensive (annual) inspections, and inspections due to complaints in the last three years. More emphasis is placed on recent inspections.
- Quality Measures (QM) ratings are derived from clinical data reported by the nursing home.
- Staffing ratings are based on these two measures: 1) Registered Nurse (RN) hours per resident day; and 2) total staffing hours per resident day. Total staffing includes: RNs; Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs); and Certified Nurse Aids (CNAs)
Star ratings for each domain and the overall rating range from 1 star to 5 stars, with more stars indicating better quality. Contact New York Elder Law Attorney, Robert Friedman at 716.542.5444 for assistance in finding a nursing home and qualifying for Medicaid.