Is the health of nursing home residents compromised due to the fact that they live in a nursing home whether short or long term? Whether you know it or not, the moment you enter a nursing home you are under the care of physicians who provide services to the particular nursing home and who in most cases, know little about your medical history or ongoing care. This means that you lose control over your care – unless you take action to contact or involve your own private physician. Also know that you can make an appointment to see your own private physician at his or her office while in a care facility. If you’re worried about the level of care you’re receiving, take charge, it’s within your right to consult your own physician.