I’m not familiar with any of the nursing homes in my area. How do I know which facilities are good?

One of the best resources is word of mouth from friends, your GP or public health nurse. You should also visit a number of homes and compare the facilities available in each home before you make up your mind. HIQA inspect nursing homes regularly and their reports are available on-line at It is a good idea to review the latest report on the homes you are considering before you go for a viewing so that you can ask questions about any concerns arising out of their HIQA report. In most cases, issues that have been raised by HIQA have been rectified before the report is published.