Once the decision is made that a loved one needs a nursing home, the selection of which particular nursing home is vitally important. As you can imagine, the quality of care at nursing homes runs a rather wide spectrum.
A good starting point is actually the Federal government's Medicare website which has a nursing home comparison page. The federal data there provides extensive information on Medicaid and Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities in your area. They compare the quality of care for both rehab and long-term patients by including information on the percentage of patients whose walking has improved and patients with certain types of infections, such as bladder infections and bedsores.
Please note that facilities with high percentages of bladder infections may indicate that they have trouble keeping their residents well-hydrated. And unsually high percentages of bedsores hint at facilities not turning residents side-to-side in bed often enough and not keeping them clean.
So, if you're looking for a nursing home for a loved one, or suspect you may need one in the foreseeable future then you may want to begin the search by taking a spin on the Medicare website.