Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Nursing Facility Care

Nursing homes provide care to people who cannot be cared for at home or in the community. They can provide a wide range of personal care and health services for people who are unable to care for themselves due to physical, emotional, or mental health issues.

Choosing a nursing home can have an emotional effect on a person and their loved ones. It is helpful to plan ahead, visit and compare several nursing homes and make good financial plans early. Planning ahead gives a person and their family more control and can help make sure the person's needs are met so they receive good, quality care.

The Department of Social Services provides Medical Assistance for people in nursing facilities. Learn more about how you can become eligible.

Resources on nursing facility care:

  • Medicare
    Provides information relating to Medicaid and Medicare certified nursing homes throughout the United States. It includes information on payment and patient rights and a nursing home checklist to help people evaluate nursing homes they visit.
  • Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
    A guide provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) explaining how to find and compare nursing homes in your area, your nursing home resident rights, and where to call for help.
  • South Dakota Ombudsman Program
    Helps to ensure quality resident care in nursing facilities, assisted living centers and residential living centers. Adult Services and Aging Specialists serve as advocates for facility residents and investigate complaints and work towards the resolution of their complaints.
  • Pioneer Network
    Supports models where elders live in open, diverse, caring communities. Pioneers work toward the transformational system change by both evolutionary and revolutionary means, using Pioneer values and principles as the foundations for change.