The NHCPlus+ app for the Apple iPad takes the guesswork out of choosing a nursing home. Whether you are selecting a nursing home for your patients, yourself or your loved ones, this portable, user-friendly tool will provide you with the personalized information you need to make informed decisions.
“My research has focused on quality of care for nursing home patients for the last 20 years.”
Dana B. Mukamel, PhD, professor, UCI Department of Medicine
“I got interested in this study because I was thinking about how hard it was when my grandma had to go into a nursing home. I felt powerless, and I didn’t know what to do.”
Dara Sorkin, PhD, associate professor, UCI Department of Medicine
How NHCPlus+ Can Help You
We know that choosing a nursing home can be difficult, since every nursing home is different, and every person has different needs. That’s where Nursing Home Compare Plus comes in.
The NHCPlus+ app has the potential to assist the more than three million individuals who enter nursing homes every year for both short and long stays.
If you are a healthcare professional, this app will help you better serve your patients by finding them a nursing home that meets their personal needs. At the same time, you will improve the efficiency of your discharge process.
If you are an individual seeking a nursing home for yourself or someone you care about, this app will help you easily navigate and interpret the Federal Nursing Home Compare (NHC) Quality Report Card and other complicated databases that store the information you need.
Taking the Leap: From a Research Study to an App for Everyone
We’ve been testing and refining the NHCPlus+ app as a research study at the University of California, Irvine. We originally designed the app to work with the discharge process at UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital; however, it can easily be adapted to other settings.
With NHCPlus+, you’ll be able to choose a nursing home in three easy steps. After learning about the quality of nursing homes and ranking your preferences, you will receive a ranked list of recommended nursing homes based on your preferences and the quality report card called Nursing Home Compare, from the federal government, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our database covers the entire country.
More than 150 patients have tested NHCPlus+ and provided positive feedback during the clinical trial that we conducted. Here’s what some of our users have said:
“The use of the iPad was extremely helpful. I was immediately able to indicate my priorities and identify potential locations within a reasonable travel distance. I really liked it! Without it, you are dependent on someone else to do the research for you; I liked that I was able to do it myself.” 60-year-old daughter of a female patient
“The IPad was very helpful at a time that I needed it most. … Easy to navigate. … Everyone should give it a chance.” 52-year-old son of a female patient
“Overall, the app works really well and is extremely convenient. … It cut my research time in half.” 25-year-old granddaughter of a female patient
“[The iPad] was very valuable! It was an excellent tool!” 83-year-old female patient
“Hope you can use the [tool] at UCI and throughout other hospitals. It put the family at ease and the important information at our finger tips.” 48-year-old-son of a male patient
How You Can Make a Difference
We have an opportunity to revolutionize how patients take charge of their own healthcare. With your contributions, we’ll be able to take our breakthrough app to the next level and make it available to everyone who’s searching for a suitable nursing home in the U.S. There is no comparable software on the market to date.
Please, consider supporting this worthwhile cause. Here’s a breakdown of how your investment in NHCPlus+ can make a difference: