The purpose of licensing and certification of long term care facilities is to ensure that those facilities provide a high quality of care and quality of life to their residents. The Licensing and Certification Section is responsible for:
The Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection issues a survey report to each long term care facility at the conclusion of the Division’s annual and/or complaint/incident surveys of the facility. For annual (and some complaint/incident) inspections, nursing homes that are certified to receive Medicare and/or Medicaid are issued two reports, one for the Federal survey and one for the State survey. Facilities that only have a State license receive just the State survey report. For a copy of a survey report, please contact the Division’s New Castle County office.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a website that gives detailed information about the past performance of every nursing home that is certified to receive Medicare and/or Medicaid. The website, called Nursing Home Compare, is http://www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/home.asp.