10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Nursing Home

Choosing to put a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision to make.

In its most recent survey of nursing homes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there are 16,100 nursing homes in America holding a total of 1.5 million residents [source: Centers for Disease Control]. As the baby boomer generation begins aging, these numbers are certain to increase.

Yet making the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. When examining quality-of-life factors however, it often emerges as the best option for both the elderly family member and the caretakers. And while the standards of nursing homes can vary dramatically, if you are armed with the right research tools and information, you will be much better equipped to find a facility that treats its patients with respect and allows them to live healthy, vibrant lives.

Here, we give you 10 of the most important questions to ask before making this important, life-changing decision.