A nursing home attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can help clients in many ways to prepare for moving into a nursing home. There are many assisted living facilities, skilled nursing home facilities and nursing homes providing custodial care located along Michigan’s shoreline and in surrounding areas, but not all homes are created equal in terms of quality or in terms of the types of provided services. The selection of a nursing home can make a major impact on a senior’s quality of life, so a decision on which nursing home is the right one is not a choice that should ever be taken lightly.
The good news is, there are many different resources that you can turn to in order to find a high quality care environment that will provide the types of assistance you need. Doing your research well in advance of the time that you actually need care is advisable, both so you will have time to carefully compare nursing homes and so you will have time to work with a nursing home attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle to take steps to protect and preserve your money and property when you need costly care services.
Our firm also helps with crisis planning and with responding to situations where a senior must move into a nursing home immediately. We help not only seniors, but also family members of patients who are looking for appropriate nursing home care options, so give us a call as soon as you or your loved one needs care.
How to Compare Nursing Home Quality
If you are looking for a nursing home within any of Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline communities or surrounding locales, you can start by researching your options at Michigan.gov. This page will provide you with a link to the federal Medicare website that offers you information on nursing home facilities in the state of Michigan. You can also make use of the nursing home rankings for the state of Michigan that are provided by U.S. News and World Report.
U.S. News & World Report allows you to input a specific location and to specify how far from that location you are interested in searching for facilities. You can limit your search only to nursing homes that have received a certain star rating, with ratings ranging from one star to five stars.
You can also search by nursing home size, and select other options such as restricting the search to homes that accept Medicaid or Medicare or to homes that are continuing care facilities. A continuing care facility allows you to transition to different levels of care as your needs grow. You may start in assisted living with minimal help and then move into a nursing home with more intensive care if your health condition deteriorates or you become less independent.
In addition to referencing these materials that are focused on the state of Michigan, you can also visit websites operated directly by the U.S. Federal Government. One of the most helpful pages for researching different nursing homes is called Nursing Home Compare. Nursing Home Compare is found on the Medicare.gov official website and it contains information on 15,000 nursing homes nationwide that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.
The information that you find using Nursing Home Compare can shed light both on staffing information for different nursing homes, as well as on the quality of care that a home provides. There is information on qualify measures, penalties imposed upon nursing homes that fail to comply with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule,s and details on nursing home inspections and complaints made about nursing home. You can also learn about how ratings are assessed, as ratings are derived from staffing data, health inspections and quality measures.
By searching for homes located in or near Michigan’s shoreline communities, you can find a nursing home close to where you live that has received good ratings.
Getting Help from A Nursing Home Attorney
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle has provided assistance to many clients in counties from St. Clair to Presque Isle along Michigan’s eastern shoreline, including the Thumb and northeast coast. We know you have many different options for nursing home care in this area, and we will work closely with you to do your due diligence and find the right place for yourself or a loved one.
Moving into a nursing home either temporarily or permanently is a big adjustment and the choice of care facilities is not one to be taken lightly. Contact a nursing home attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle today to learn about the different ways our legal team can assist you in finding a facility and preparing to get it paid for. You can give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online to find out more about the personalized help we provide, so call today to get started.