Skilled Nursing Facility Search, Lookup & Comparison

Use the Skilled Nursing Facility Search to find the best skilled nursing facility in your area at the click of a button! Lookup and compare SNFs for free!

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What are Skilled Nursing Facilities?

When searching for senior housing, you need to know what level of need you are addressing because the cost and level of familiarity/comfort change dramatically between segments. A Skilled Nursing Facility (“SNF”) is the last of three segments of senior housing referred to as the “continuum of care”.

Beginning with independent living, senior housing begins with situations that look very similar to normal lifestyles through to assisted living and group homes/personal care homes (“PCHs”) to skilled nursing facilities which more closely resemble hospitals. Our database includes more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities in the United States.

Most skilled nursing home stays are for recuperation or rehabilitation following a hospitalization event. Skilled nursing provides supervised 24-hour per day monitoring and intense rehabilitation work that is not possible in a hospital setting but is also more intense than someone would receive living at home. For a detailed comparison of the different types of senior housing, please look at our recent blog entry.

Are Skilled Nursing Facilities Nursing Homes?

It may sound funny to ask whether skilled nursing facilities are nursing homes, but it is a very important issue in the senior care industry. The industry is aggressively trying to move away from the term “nursing home”. There are many reasons for this shift. One reason is marketing. The term “Nursing Home” has a negative connotation. The idea of “nursing homes” or “putting granny in a nursing home” brings up a lot of bad emotions which can complicate discussion about getting proper care, especially since most skilled nursing facility visits are short-term and meant for rehabilitation not as the last stop before end of life.

The second reason the senior care industry wants to move away from the designation “nursing home” is because senior care has become very diverse. There are three general levels of senior housing plus there are many specialized facilities particularly for dementia type care. Lumping all of these facilities under the single term “nursing home” makes it difficult for people to search for, compare, and find the best skilled nursing facility for their specific needs.

What do Skilled Nursing Facilities Do? What Services do SNFs Provide?

Skilled nursing facilities provide a wide range of assistance which can generally be seen as services where trained staff are required. Some of these services include:

  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Recreational activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Dental services
  • Mental health services
  • Medication management
  • Meal service including addressing special dietary needs
  • IV therapy
  • Pain management
  • Dialysis
  • Respiratory therapy

Not all SNFs provide the same services. This is particularly true when it comes to mental health issues, so be sure to compare skilled nursing facilities carefully.

When Should You Consider a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Any senior who is ill or injured or who is caring for a senior who is ill or injured will have to confront the question, when should a skilled nursing facility be considered? The short answer to the question of when to consider a skilled nursing facility is when the patient’s doctor says to do so.

The longer answer to the question involves assessing both the patient’s abilities and the potential danger that they pose for themselves. Specific concerns include:

  • When around the clock monitoring is required either because someone could wander off or because their health is precarious
  • Incontinence
  • When they are unable to move about without assistance

How to Compare Skilled Nursing Facilities? How to Search for the Best Skilled Nursing Facility?

We take the subject of trying to find a skilled nursing facility very seriously, and we want you to find the very best facility. Doing so means looking through a lot of confusing data. (We trying to make it as simple as possible, but it's still at lot of data!) Here are the steps that we recommend when conducting a skilled nursing home facility search:

Step One: Use this form above to search for a skilled nursing facility by City, State, ZIP Code, name or partial name. (Yes, entering a partial name will give you results. So many have facilities have odd names so we can't expect anyone to get the name exactly right.) Result pages will show a list of matching skilled nursing facilities from our nursing home database along with the latest 5-Star Overall Rating, the facility's address, and a link to the detailed information page. (For skilled nursing homes near you or nursing homes in your area, just type in your ZIP Code.)

Step Two: Review the detail page for each of the skilled nursing facilities. The detail page includes as much information as we can find including the CMS's five 5-Star ratings for health inspections, quality rating, staff ratings, RN staff rating, and overall. This is the only site that publishes a the cycle scores aka inspection scores for skilled nursing facilities. Detail pages include include addresses and phone numbers, detailed ratings, inspection reports, nursing hours spent per patient, complaints, fines, skilled nursing home deficiencies, and the facility's current COVID-19 status.

Step Three: Compare any skilled nursing facility in our database to other skilled nursing facilities within a 25 mile radius. Links to the nursing home comparison reports are shown on the detailed pages for every skilled nursing facility.

Step Four: Consider the distance and travel time from a facility to your home, work, and other typical places. There will likely be multiple trips to an from the skilled nursing facility. How easy it is to reach the SNF is going to have a been impact!

Step Five: Sign up to monitor the skilled nursing facilities that you care about. Don't miss this step! SeniorCareData provides a free service that will email you monthly updates showing any status changes to a facility (except in December, for some reason CMS does not publish data at the end of year.) Emails show new complaints, changes in ratings, and more. Choosing a skilled nursing home is not a one time decision. We know that it is something that you will think about constantly. We will help you stay up to date and informed.

View Our List of the Best and Worst Skilled Nursing Facilities

Each month we compile lists of the best and worst nursing homes based on the most up-to-date data available. The lists are based on detailed inspection scores which account for multiple factors including complaints, health inspections, deficiencies, and much more. Best and worst skilled nursing facilities lists are available on a national, state, and ZIP Code basis as well as a comparison report showing all of the skilled nursing facility near the facility you are looking at.

You will definitely want to review these lists:

Covid-19 and Skilled Nursing Facilities

There has been a lot of ink spilled in the press discussing the Covid-19 pandemic and skilled nursing facilities. Rightfully so. Seniors are much more prone to negative outcomes for Covid-19 infections and the group setting of a skilled nursing facility also presents problems.

CMS is closely monitoring Covid-19 infection rates in skilled nursing facilities and publishes weekly updates. This data is available on our detailed skilled nursing facility pages. Be sure to check this Covid information when conducting a skilled nursing facility search.