Often, the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult and fraught with emotional and financial considerations.
A year of nursing home care costs on average $50,000, according to the AARP. For those who can afford to shop around, the biggest question is how well a facility does at caring for the residents.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services attempts to help answer that question with its Nursing Home Compare data. This is a report card of sorts, with the federal agency giving ratings of between 1 and 5 stars to each nursing home based on the results of inspections.
In New Jersey, the Department of Health and Senior Services conducts inspections at least annually of all nursing homes that receive federal money.
CMS rates the results of these inspections according to the three main areas: health, including resident care, staff and resident interactions and environment; staffing, which measures the hours worked by nurses and assistants; and quality measures, which include data on vaccinations, pressure sores, depression, infections, and weight loss.
NJ Spotlight has mapped the most current data, from 2010 inspections, so it is easy to see which facilities got the highest scores. The average score for New Jersey nursing homes was 3.15 stars.
Click on a nursing home to get more information about it.
To get all the specific results of a facility’s most recent inspection, including any recent complaints and fire safety inspections, go to the Nursing Home Compare search page.
View Nursing home ratings in a full screen map