Choosing a nursing home

Moving into a nursing home may be a planned decision based on a gradual loss of independence or a crisis upon discharge from a hospital. During gradual loss of abilities, home and community-based care, senior housing, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities are viable options. Contact your ombudsman program for more information.

All states have an Ombudsman Office; the National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center has a list for all 50 states.

In Texas, the Office of the Long-termCare Ombudsman at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) provides general information about nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Twenty-eight local ombudsman programs serve as reliable and credible sources with more specific information about Texas facilities.

Online resources to help in choosing a nursing home

Online resources related to paying for nursing home and assisted living facility care

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Updated: September 25, 2014