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( (Please support our advertisers by viewing or clicking on their ads.) I recently came across a resource for family and friends faced with having to find a nursing home for a loved one. The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) is a non-profit organization that has identified and evaluated all of the nursing home report cards in the country. IPI doesn’t rate individual nursing homes, but they’ll tell you who does. What is a nursing home report card? They are online reports that provide comparative information on how well nursing homes do on a range of topics such as state inspections, quality of care, complaints, staffing and in some states—resident or family satisfaction and charges. The report cards are sponsored by state governments, the federal government or non-profit or commercial organizations. IPI has developed a rating system that tells you which report cards are better than others, saving you time and effort as you research your options. They grade the report cards on a scale of A to F and also tell you what is good about each site and what could be improved. Over 60 national and state sites have recently been reviewed. States vary in how many resources are available, though the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare (rated a “B” by IPI) is available nationwide. In California, for example, residents can also access ( an IPI top-rated site that offers a wide range of information about nursing homes in
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