If you have ever been on a college search for your children, you are probably familiar with U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings.
Did you know that U.S. News & World Report also has nursing home rankings?
U.S. News has evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country, including approximately 207 in Nebraska. Of those 207 Nebraska nursing homes, 45 have received an overall “Top Performing” rating.
U.S. News began publishing online ratings of nursing homes in 2009. The magazine uses past inspections compiled on the consumer website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS assigns an overall rating of one to five stars to nursing homes according to their performance in three areas – state-conducted health inspections, nurse-to-resident staffing ratio and medical quality measures.
In 2016, the magazine improved and modified its previous approach. The magazine started to:
1) evaluate a nursing home’s performance over time, by averaging monthly data over a year;
2) place more emphasis on strong performance in medical quality measures by capping overall star ratings of homes with a low rating in this domain; and
3) ensure that highly rated homes provided more than the required minimum of rehabilitation therapy to residents classified as having received high levels of rehabilitative services.
Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be scary, uncomfortable and exhausting. While nothing should replace a referral from your doctor or unannounced visits to the facility to inspect for yourself, the U.S. News & World Report ratings are a helpful research tool during your search.
Unfortunately, even the most thorough research will not eliminate the possibility of nursing home neglect or abuse.
What should you do if you suspect your parent or loved-one suffered an injury because of nursing home abuse or neglect? Call me at the Law Office of Rich Hitz at (402) 885-8806. I will listen, answer your questions and hold the nursing home accountable for their actions. All initial evaluations are free.