Nursing facilities (homes) provide 24-hour care for various needs. Some nursing homes that give high-level care are called skilled nursing facilities.
The Oregon Department of Human Services licenses nursing facilities (homes). They must meet both federal and state regulations.
Nursing facilities (homes) are most appropriate for people who need 24-hour medical oversight and a protective and structured setting. Residents may need medical care and help with their behavior that other care settings cannot give. Most residents must share their room. Space is limited, but residents are allowed to bring personal items for a more home-like atmosphere.
These facilities receive federal Medicare and Medicaid payments and are regulated by the federal government. Most states have additional regulations. The Medicare website includes a tool to compare nursing homes. It has information about every U.S. Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home’s performance.
You may also wish to print copies of the Nursing Home Checklist to help evaluate and compare nursing homes.
Be sure to review the nursing home contract with a lawyer or other trusted advisor before signing it.
Nursing facilities accept payment from Medicare and Medicaid. However, you must meet strict requirements in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payment.
Oregon has two veterans’ homes. One is located in The Dalles and the other is located in Lebanon. Each site serves over 150 residents. The homes have skilled nursing, memory care, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. Care is an earned veterans’ benefit. Veterans’ spouses and parents whose child died serving in the armed forces are also served. Visit the Oregon Veterans’ Homes website to learn more.
ADRC of Oregon staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
Search for licensed long-term care settings, licensing compliance history, substantiated complaints and incidents of abuse, survey/inspection reports and penalties assessed for violations.
Use this checklist to evaluate and compare nursing facilities.