As a lawyer representing Florida’s elderly in nursing home abuse cases, the number one concern I hear from the resident’s family is that had they known more about the nursing home’s track record for patient care they would have gone elsewhere.

Recently, The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare has retooled its website to add a ratings system that is much more user friendly. The ratings consider health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Additionally, it allows users to compare nursing homes based upon location and other factors.

As Florida nursing home patient advocates, we strongly recommend that those considering which nursing home is best suited for a loved one, also consider consumer satisfaction surveys like those done by My Innerview.

Florida’s Statutes Statute §400.022 details the rights of residents of nursing homes and provides the sanctions that can be applied to facilities that violate them.