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NPR Nursing Home Database

From the National Public Radio news release/ interactive database

This interactive database, an NPR News exclusive, has information about the independence level of residents at nearly 16,000 individual nursing homes around the country. For each facility, see what percentage of residents can do various daily living tasks by themselves — an indication of their potential for community-based living.

To use it, first select a state, then a county, then an individual facility. If you’re evaluating a nursing home, we recommend you consider these measures along with inspection results and quality indicators available at Also, ask nursing home administrators for their facility’s last full inspection report. They’re required to make it available to the public.

The detailed reports here reflect NPR’s analysis of the facilities’ answers to an annual census survey by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. NPR News obtained the data, released to the public for the first time, under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The overall quality ratings reflect data available from CMS as of Nov. 5.

Other nursing home Web sites

November 15, 2010 - Posted by | Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources |

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