Medicare and Continuing Care

Frequently Asked Questions

17. How can you find a nursing home in your area?

If you are considering nursing home care and you have Medicare, you can begin your search at http://www.medicare.gov. You can find many links that can help you gather information about Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and long-term care options in your state.

To compare the quality of nursing homes in your area that are Medicare- or Medicaid-certified, visit the Medicare Home Compare page and type in your zip code. (Information on Nursing Home Compare isn’t an endorsement or advertisement for any nursing home and should be considered carefully.)

To look at or print a copy of the booklet "Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care," click on "Forms,help & Resources” at the top of the Medicare home page and select “Publications.” You can also call 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) to find out if a free copy can be mailed to you. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

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