Five Star Rating System

Nursing Home Compare (NHC) is a tool that has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Before you get started, you or your family member may have other long-term care choices like community-based services, home care, or assisted living depending on your needs and resources. For more information, see Alternatives to Nursing Homes. Otherwise, follow these steps when you are looking for information to help support your choice of a nursing home:

  • Step 1: Find Nursing Homes in your area. Search by name, city, county, state, or ZIP code.

  • Step 2: Compare the quality of the nursing Homes you're considering using the Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results, nursing home staff data, quality measures, and fire safety inspection results.

  • Step 3: Visit the nursing homes you're considering or have someone visit for you. Use the Nursing Home Checklist and other resources under “Additional information ” on the bottom of the main web page.

  • Step 4: Choose the nursing home that best meets your needs. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare practitioner, your family, friends, or others about your nursing home choices. You can also contact the Maine Long-Term Ombudsman or the Maine State Survey Agency before you make a decision.

In early 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin to display new quality measures based on MDS 3.0 nursing home resident assessments. These new quality measures will replace the quality measures that currently appear on Nursing Home Compare. CMS will not calculate a 5 Star Overall Rating or a 5 Star Quality Measures rating based on these data until late 2012.