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If you have made the decision that your loved one needs to be placed in a nursing home, choosing the right facility may seem like an overwhelming task, but it does not have to be, especially if it is taken in small segments.

b2ap3_thumbnail_dreamstimeextrasmall_18107963.150pi.jpgA good place to start is by doing some research into the various types of facilities offered. I would encourage you to do some light reading online, not with the view of using the information that you are reading at that moment to make a decision, but use that information only to increase your general  knowledge about nursing homes. The more you read on the subject, the more similarities you will find between articles and information. Spending several hours doing this will give you confidence in the decisions that you will make in selecting the proper nursing home in the future for your loved one.  It will also give you insight as to some general factors that will be important to making your decision. These factors will become naturally evident to you the more you read, so don't feel bogged down with taking a lot of notes right away. In doing this your reading will be much more relaxed, and you will likely retain much more of the information. After you've done some reading, and you feel more comfortable with the terms that are used frequently when discussing nursing homes, you will be ready to do a more thorough search.

Also, other people can be valuable resources when selecting a nursing home. In fact, often times nursing homes are selected based on referrals through other people you may know with similar circumstances. It is good to inquire as to their experiences, both good and bad, with the nursing home that they have experience dealing with.

You may also want to consider using an elder care advisor. In your reading you will come to learn that "elder care" is a common term that is used frequently in discussing our older generation in nursing homes and nursing care facilities. Because this is such a growing segment of our population and economy, there are many professionals called elder care advisors that will have specific training and insight into making these types of decisions. They may be a good resource and provide valuable information. For instance, one such resource can be found online at Guide to Nursing Homes.


Another great resource can be found online at  Although Medicare does not pay for long term care at a nursing home, their website has some good information. For instance, clicking on the link below will connect you directly to the Medicare site where you can insert your zip code in the area where you are looking for a nursing home.  With the zip code information, Medicare's website will then provide you a list of nursing home information that will include overall ratings, their ranking with health inspection staff, and their quality ratings. This information can be very insightful as to selecting a quality nursing home for your loved one. The nursing homes complete contact information is also included with this listing.

Rating information is especially important because nursing homes go through a licensing process both with state and federal governments.  Medicare has even published a checklist that can be very helpful.  Attached is the form taken directly from Medicare's website.

Medicare Checklist.pdf

The reference links below are several that may be of help to you in your search.  Finally, using Google search terms "nursing home ratings" for the state in question will render a number of links on the subject.



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Sam has a long history of local ties to middle Georgia. He was born and reared in Marshallville, Macon County, Georgia, in a family associated with theorigin of today’s Peach industry. Sam earned his B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering at the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1993. After completing the Navy’s nuclear power training program, he served aboard a fast attack nuclear submarine as a naval Submarine Warfare Officer and was certified by the Naval Reactors Division of the U.S. Department of Energy as a Nuclear Engineer. In the Navy, Sam maintained a Top Secret – SCI security clearance and circumnavigated theworld during his tour of duty, successfully completing missions vital to U.S. national security, before beginning his legal career in 2002. Sam holds his Juris Doctor from theNorman Adrian Wiggins School of Lawat Campbell University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sam’s practice is now devoted to representing the rights of the injured, the families of deceased victims, and a select number of other clients in litigation. He has repeatedly served as lead counsel in jury trials resulting in six and seven figure verdicts, numerous bench trials, hearings, and motions. He has been recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine and the Super Lawyers™ publication in 2009 and 2010 (only 2.5% of the total lawyers in Georgia are listed as a Rising Star). Sam has also received the "AV" Preeminant Rating by Martindale Hubble, the highest attorney rating for demonstrated skill, professionalism and ethics. Sam is married and has three children. He is one of the founding members of the practice.


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