Preview: What you need to know when choosing a nursing home

Preview: What you need to know when choosing a nursing home
Inside the Mirabella nursing home in Portland, which has a perfect rating in a nursing home database from ProPublica.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Choosing a nursing home for your aging family members can be an agonizing decision. If you haven’t done it yourself, imagine the pressure of making sure your loved ones are placed in good hands.

“You aren't prepared for this,” explained Annalisa Dahlen, who had just a few days to find her father, Conny, a nursing home after he suffered his second stroke.
   
“Initially, I was happy with the skilled nursing center, but that was more of a veneer,” said Dahlen. After concerns about his care, Dahlen moved him three months later.

The KATU Problem Solvers recognize that lots of people in our area are going through similar experiences. That’s why we started looking at a new nursing home resource put together by the non-profit news organization ProPublica.

The database compiles all the government inspection reports regarding violations and fines for the past three years for nursing homes around the country.

KATU Problem Solver Shellie Bailey-Shah has been poring over the database to identify both the failing homes and the homes that shine in our area. Join her at 6 p.m. on KATU News as she looks at the steps you should take to find a nursing home, as well as other resources available for families.