Chicago, IL- One of the tools that many families use to choose a nursing home, Nursing Home Compare, but analysis from earlier this year found that an alarming number of nursing homes across the country get very low ratings.

In May of this year, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a third or nursing homes, over 5,000 homes, got less than two stars under the Nursing Home Compare’s revamped rating system. In Illinois, Kaiser found that 39 percent of facilities in the state has a two star rating. Even worse, in 11 states, 40 percent of nursing homes earned only two star ratings.

The Kaiser study also found that for-profit homes had lower ratings than non-profit nursing home but were far more prevalent. Additionally, larger facilities, those with more than 100 beds, received lower ratings than facilities with fewer than 60 beds.

Nursing Home Compare began in 2008 as a means to help a family distinguish between a bad nursing home and a good nursing home. The system evaluates long-term care facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding and are given ratings based on the results of safety and health inspections. Staffing levels, federal inspections, rate of bed sores and other care quality measures also factor in a facility’s ratings.

The drop was somewhat expected since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in February that they would be making changes to their nursing home rating system. At the time CMS was really tightlipped about the changes they were planning on, but it appears as though they had quite an impact.

Knowing the ratings of a nursing home can help a family choose a facility that can give their loved ones the care they need. Most families rely on Nursing Home Compare to choose a facility for their loved one. But with nearly 5 million seniors facing nursing home abuse and neglect, a family can’t rely on a rating system alone. They need to visit a facility, speak with other residents and see how the staff interacts with the residents.

Sadly, all the research in the world won’t prevent all incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect. It happens too often and one day your loved one could be the victim. If you loved on has been abused or neglected in an Illinois nursing home, USAttorneys suggests you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer near your location to discuss your case and decide what your next moves should be. You and your loved one may be entitled to compensation.

The aftermath of a troubling incident can be so difficult on a family and they have numerous tough decisions to make. An elder law attorney in Illinois can answer your questions and help you make some of the tougher decisions you face. Our team of lawyers will work hard on your case and stand by you and your loved one. Act today and contact an attorney to set up a consultation.