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Checklist: Questions to ask when choosing a nursing home

Here are some things to ask and contemplate when choosing a nursing home. Make sure you take your time, ask many detailed questions, and if possible, try to bring a trusted friend or family member with you during a visit or consultation. Types of care, services, and payment options Is... more

Everything you need to know to become a qualified CNA

If you’re thinking about a career in the medical field, researching how to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a good first step. It can open the door to many other opportunities such as becoming a Registered Nurse or Licensed Nurse Practitioner, and takes just weeks to complete the... more

Nursing homes: Watch out for these 5 hidden costs

One of the biggest considerations when deciding that it’s time for a loved one to go to a nursing home is how much it will cost. Prices vary from state to state and facility to facility, but one thing is for sure: It’s not cheap. The national median cost of... more

Assisted living vs. nursing homes: Choosing the best care for your loved one

It can be a difficult and emotional choice to start looking for care outside the home for your aging loved one. As the primary decision-maker, there are two main factors to take into consideration: the level of care needed and what it will cost. Whether your aging relative needs a... more

Choosing a Nursing Home

When you visit each nursing home, use your five senses to determine the right fit. See Do you see real care going on? Is it well-lit inside and out? Are patients ignored when they call or ask for help? Is the staff friendly and helpful? Is there a community calendar... more

Your Guide to Senior Care Options

Learn about the different types of in-home care and long-term facility care options available for you or your aging loved one. The vast majority of seniors -- nearly 90 percent -- prefer to age in their own home, according to AARP’s 2012 United States of Aging survey. And doing so is often more... more

How to know when it's time for a nursing home

Many caregivers and families make a huge effort to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible. But there may come a time when the scales tip and a nursing home is the best choice. It’s one of the hardest decisions to make about a loved one’s care, and... more

What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is a long-term residential facility for people who need around-the-clock medical care. It is usually staffed with skilled nurses and aides 24 hours a day. It is often considered the next step after an assisted living facility (though many residents enter nursing homes directly, without having been... more