Health Tip: Choosing a Nursing Home

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(HealthDay News) — If a close relative or friend needs to enter a nursing home — temporarily due to injury, or due to a long-term illness — there are many things to consider before settling on the right one.

The Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Aging recommend that you do your homework before choosing a nursing home. Read reviews and inspection reports, talk to people who have been there, and with social workers and nursing home advocacy groups. Visit the homes you are interested in, and pay attention to cleanliness, attentiveness of staff, quality of food, and activities they offer. Also check to see if the facility is Medicare/Medicaid-certified.

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