CLEARWATER, Fla., March 13th, 2014 — Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center, a senior living community in Clearwater, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
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 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 & 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 CMS in January 2014.
“We are very proud of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptionalPlatinum Service® and care for our residents and this national recognition,” said Daniel Charpentier, executive director, Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation Care Center, a skilled nursing rehabilitation and long term care community. “We are also proud to be among the approximately 30 percent of all senior living facilities to earn the overall 5-star rating in the state of Florida.”
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.”