How to Choose a Nursing Home – National Institute on Aging

A nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility, provides a wide range of health and personal care services.

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“These services typically include nursing care, 24-hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with everyday activities. Rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, are also available.

“Some people stay at a nursing home for a short time after being in the hospital. After they recover, they go home. However, most nursing home residents live there permanently because they have ongoing physical or mental conditions that require constant care and supervision.

“If you need to go to a nursing home after a hospital stay, the hospital staff can help you find one that will provide the kind of care that’s best for you. If you are looking for a nursing home, ask your doctor’s office for recommendations. Once you know what choices you have, it’s a good idea to:

“Consider what you want. What is important to you—nursing care, meals, physical therapy, a religious connection, hospice care, or special care units for dementia patients? Do you want a place close to family and friends so they can easily visit?”

Continue reading this article at the National Institute of Aging.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health Nursing Home Information Webpage.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health Nursing Care Facility Locator Webpage.

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