State of New Jersey: Department of Health
Searching for Long Term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Rehab Centers.
To all of you caregivers out there, this is a first step must in the world of Caregiving. Please check out this website provided by the New Jersey Department of Health.
When your loved one needs any type of rehab or in need of skilled nursing care, please check out their website under ‘Health Facilities: Search for Long-Term Care Facilities’. Checking out the state reviews of all the facilities in New Jersey will save you weeks of problems later. The State of New Jersey inspects all the facilities once a year and gives the facility a full report at the end of the inspection and all the results are posted on the website.
You can search by:
*County & Type
*City & Type
*Name of the Facility
*Search for an Acute Care Facility (hospitals, hospices, Etc)
*Click to view Long-Term facilities in Excel Spreadsheet
When checking in New Jersey, the most effective way I checked was going by County & Type. When searching by County and Facility types, here are the steps:
Select a county from the list below, then select one or more facility types. Hint: if you want a list of all the facilities in a county, just select the county and click the Start Search button:
Type of Facility:
*Long Tern Care (nursing homes)
*Residential Health Care Facilities
*Assisted Living Residences
*Comprehensive Personal Care Homes
*Adult Day Care
*Assisted Living Programs
*Adult Family Care
*Pediatric Day Care
*Behavioral Management Program
then start your search. Put in the county and detailed information of where you might be looking to place a loved one.
At the top of the detailed information will be three four sections:
*Advisory Standards (participation in Advisory standards by a Long-Term Care facility is voluntary. Not all facilities participate).
*Nursing Home Report Card
Under the Inspection Summaries, it will give a detailed list of the problems that occurred during the Annual Inspection. Please pay special attention to this as you will be able to see how the facility handled the problem and corrected it.
Under the Nursing Home Report Card, this gives you the detailed Medicare.gov/Nursing Home Compare. This is the official U.S. Government Site for Medicare.
Look under ‘Find a nursing home’:
The nursing home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the county. States may collect and post additional information that isn’t collected by the federal government. Before you get started, you or your family might also consider ‘Alternatives to Nursing Homes’.
*Get updated state website information, including the ability to electronically file a complaint against a nursing home in some states.
*Use these helpful resources:
-Guide to choosing a nursing home.
-Nursing Home Checklist
-Download the Nursing Home Compare Database
-Get Nursing Home Compare data archives
-Learn how we calculate ratings
-Get tips for printing nursing home information
-For nursing homes: Update your address, phone number and other administrative data.
Tools and Tips:
Get all your long term options:
-The Eldercare Locator
-Alternatives to Nursing Home Care
-Learn about Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care and swing bed services in rural areas.
-Learn about your rights as a nursing home resident
-Find state resources:
*Long Term Care Ombudsman
*State Survey Agency
-Compare other providers and plans:
*Home Health Compare
*Dialysis Facility Compare
*Long-Term Care Hospital Compare
*Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare
*Medicare Plan Finder
Medicare.gov is a federal government website managed and paid for by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244.
*This information is taken off the copyrighted government website from the State of New Jersey. This is the first site you should look at when selecting a facility for your loved one. This will give you a guide of the places you might want to consider. Please everyone, plush carpeting, nice photos on the wall and chandeliers may look nice but the care of your loved one is most important. This can save you a lot of heartache and tears later on down the road.
The state website is:
The federal website for Medicare is:
***This make this important step in the care of your loved one. I found all of this helpful.
A special message for caregivers, please make this step part of a selection process when a loved one gets sick. These sites are so helpful in telling what a tour of a facility does not.
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