Things to consider when using the Nursing Home Inspect search tool at http://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes: Because inspectors may write up reports differently, try several terms to describe the same thing. To find bedsore incidents, for example, also search for "pressure sores" and "pus." Remember that almost all nursing homes have been cited for deficiencies. The government has redacted certain information, including medication names, diseases and some dates. Residents' genders also have been obscured. The reports do not include nursing homes' plans for correcting problems. Those can be read at the nursing home or by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request with the government. Some reports may contain a word such as "rape," but that doesn't mean a rape occurred. When compiling statistics, each report should be reviewed for context.
Additional details for comparing nursing homes can be found at: The federal Nursing Home Compare: www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform: www.canhr.org or 800-474-1116