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.

    Other resources

    Additional details for comparing nursing homes can be found at:

  • The federal Nursing Home Compare: www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare


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  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform: www.canhr.org or 800-474-1116