Choosing a long term care facility is an important decision. Entering a nursing home or rest home is a very stressful experience for the individual and their families. Until the day a loved one is admitted to a nursing home, most of us have spent very little time in one. Admission usually follows a period of hospitalization or many months of being cared for at home by family members. This section provides an overview to the process of seeking appropriate nursing or rest home placement.

A copy is also available from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, 1-800-AGE-INFO or 1-800-243-4636.

Remember, it is important to include the person who needs nursing home care in making decisions whenever possible. Always keep their needs in mind.

Visit for further information about the continuum of long term care services and facilities available in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Senior Care Association’s website contains the latest healthcare information affecting older adults and people with disabilities. The website also features up-to-date, comprehensive information on the types of long term services available, payment options and detailed listings of Massachusetts facilities.