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A 48-year-old female asked:

is it ok to ask about accidental falls, deaths, infection rates, mrsa, staffing, sodium in diet, transfers, etc if looking at skilled nursing homes?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Absolutely!: Go to this medicare url for checklist of questions to ask prospective nursing homes http://www.Medicare.Gov/nursing/checklist.Asp.
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Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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Glad to hear your loved one is in a better place (sorry, that doesn't come across right) but unfortunately logic doesn't always triumph over emotion. However, you might direct your family to this page & point out that Dr. Beresh & I both recommended asking questions plus I pointed you towards Medicare's checklist. Finally, USAToday wrote an article yesterday on choosing nursing homes. See my blog.
May 28, 2012
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Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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May 28, 2012
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Dr. Alvin Lin commented
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You're very welcome! Glad we can help!
May 28, 2012
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Yes: It is always your right to ask these questions.

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