U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual Best Nursing Homes released a national rating system that assigned a one to five stars rating to nursing homes for their quality, staffing and health inspections. The Evergreens, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Moorestown, NJ, received the highest possible overall rating of five stars. You can view the ratings now at www.usnews.com/nursinghomes.
The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News’ goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.
Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories—health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care—and gives each an overall rating.
U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in January 2014. In addition to having a full-time, on-site medical director, The Evergreens employs a Director of Recreation & Wellness and other professionals dedicated not only to the residents’ physical well-being, but also to their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. This alone sets The Evergreens apart to be called the “Best Nursing Home.”
“We are thrilled with this distinction,” said Douglas C. Halvorsen, president and CEO of The Evergreens. “We are able to deliver consistently high quality care to our residents and high scores on the national and state reviews thanks to the talented professionals who make up our healthcare delivery team.”
Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles on how to pay for care, spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.
“The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate.”
About The Evergreens:
The Evergreens was founded in 1919 in Bound Brook, NJ, by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. In 1949, it moved to Moorestown, NJ. Today, The Evergreens offers gracious retirement living continuing its more than 90-year tradition of caring. Since its inception, The Evergreens’ mission has been to enhance the quality of life of those it serves. For more information, visit www.evergreens.org.