A.Decisions we make about our family's health are among the most important ones we make, yet most of us have little objective information on which to base these decisions.
A.CalQualityCare.org is managed by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF SBS/IHA), a nonprofit and public educational institution dedicated to improving health care quality. UCSF SBS/IHA and CalQualityCare.org are not affiliated with the medical industry, nor any individual facility or agency. Learn about the data and ratings.
A.CalQualityCare's ratings include California-specific information that is not included in determining the CMS rating. Specifically, the CalQualityCare ratings incorporate state citations, complaints, and incidents; more comprehensive staffing information; and staff turnover rates. Learn about the data and ratings.
A.The main differences between assisted living facilities and nursing homes relate to the level of care. In nursing homes, many residents are under constant medical supervision, in need of assistance with daily living and are not capable of living independently anymore. Nursing home residents typically are unable to leave the facility on their own, mainly because they are physically or mentally unable to. Assisted living residents require less hands-on medical attention. They might require assistance with medicine management, bathing and other tasks, but are capable of handling most daily living on their own.
A.The hospital's discharge planner should provide a short list of available options; however, those options may include facilities with both high and low quality ratings. That's why you may want to consider other facilities in addition to the ones provided by the discharge planner. And that's why you should consult CalQualityCare.org to see how each facility is rated. Finally, taking the time to call and tour possible options can lead to a better quality provider.
A.The first thing is to learn about the various home care options: how to choose the right care, prepare for home care, understand the payment options, and manage problems with a care provider. On CalQualityCare you can find information about home health care, hospice services, adult day health care, and adult day care centers. In some cases, in-home support with meal delivery may be the best option. CalQualityCare provides additional resources on community services.