Hospital Compare

Hospital Compare is created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). From the site, “Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care”.

Begin by typing in a city/state, state, or zip code. The hospital name can also be included. On the next page, you can choose up to three different hospitals to compare. Scroll towards the bottom of the page once you have chosen the hospitals and click “compare now”.  A survey of patients’ experiences, the timely and effective care of the hospital, its complications, readmissions, and deaths, the use of medical imaging, payment and value of care, along with the number of medicare patients seen, are all included in the comparison. Some entries are only shown for the specific problem of the patient, for example, a heart attack. Tables and graphs are also included on some of the listings.


Senior Retirement Housing Guide

Every November, The Best Times Magazine prints its Mid-South Senior Retirement Housing Guide. The Guide provides information on retirement facilities, independent and assisted living homes. Their services, features, and amenities, along with the number of units and their the monthly fees are also included.


Nursing Home Compare

Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States. Search for a nursing home by zip code or by city, state. The search results will provide the name of the nursing home, its overall rating, how it has done on its health inspections, and its staffing situation. Results are rated from one to five stars, with five stars being the best. General nursing home information and its ownership is also provided. Another page presents a place to file a complaint for a specific nursing home in your state.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4a)

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging supports 629 Area Agencies on Aging nationwide.  From this website you can find answers to commonly asked questions regarding senior citizens.  There are also several downloadable brochures available on topics such as “Staying Connected:  Technology Options for Older Adults.”  In addition, the N4a offers the Eldercare Locator which helps find resorces for caregivers as well as older adults on topics such as financial assistance, housing options, and transportation.

AgeSource / AgeStats Worldwide

From the site: “These two databases have been created by AARP to facilitate the international exchange of policy and program-relevant information in aging...

“AgeSource Worldwide identifies several hundred information resources in some 25 countries which are significant either in size or in their unique coverage of particular aging-related issues.  The resources include, among others, clearinghouses, libraries, databases, training modules, major reports, and Web metasites.

“AgeStats Worldwide provides access to comparative statistical data that compare the situation of older adults across countries or regions around a variety of issues areas. The most recent data and projections as far ahead as 2050 are provided where available.”