Choosing a Facility Realizing that you or your loved one needs the level of care found only in a nursing home can be a difficult realization. And it's easy to become overwhelmed by all the options when you are choosing the right home. You’ll want to do some research to make sure you're making the best decision possible. Here are a few ideas: Ask people with experience (doctors, clergy, social workers, and friends) for their insights and advice. Take a look at our list of frequently asked questions about nursing homes. Tour as many nursing homes as you can. In N.Y. State, nursing homes are inspected every 9- to 12-months. The survey is posted in a place where you can see it. Read it. Sample a meal. Attend a resident and/or family council meeting. Try to choose a home that's close to the senior's loved ones, so they can visit often. Often called “skilled nursing facilities,” some nursing homes have expertise in caring for specific health problems including brain injury, dementia, AIDS, ventilator-dependency and stroke. Some post-operative patients living at home or in assisted living find the best recovery and rehabilitation takes place during a short-term stay in a nursing home. Seniors should be involved in planning for their own care as much as possible. Unfortunately, a health crisis is often the reason you need to find a nursing home–in a hurry. Don't wait for the last minute; it’s always best to have a plan in place. The senior's health, safety, and sense of well being will benefit in the years to come.