Nursing Home Information for Patients and Caregivers

The Office of Facilities Regulation ensures that nursing homes are operated in accordance with State Laws and regulations regarding the operation, quality of care and quality of life for patients living in the facilities. We conduct unannounced on-site inspections annually and unannounced follow-up inspections when a facility has been cited for non-compliance or based on consumer complaints. We document problems found, if any in a "Statement of Deficiencies" (SOD) report. We provide access to inspection reports and facility correction plans to the public upon request.

Medicare / Medicaid

Most nursing homes in the state accept Medicare and Medicaid payments. The Office of Facilities Regulation is the organization in the state the certifies that these facilities meet the federal standards associated with Medicare and Medicaid programs. As part of the certification process we perform unannounced inspections every nine to fifteen months and short inspections to follow-up.

What You Should Do

  • Choose the right nursing home for your, or your loved ones, needs. more
  • Know you have the right to. . .
    • Participate in decisions about your care/treatment
    • Refuse treatment
    • Be free from abuse
    • Choose your physician
    • Privacy and confidentiality
    • Voice complaints
    • Have visitors
    • Retain and use personal possessions
    • Share a room with a spouse
    • Administer your own medication (if safe for you to do so)