WASHINGTON, D.C. AND CLEARWATER, FLA., (Dec. 8, 2017) — Westchester Gardens Health & Rehabilitation, a skilled nursing community in Clearwater, Fla., managed by The Goodman Group, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes,” available exclusively at www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
U.S. News & World Report evaluated over 15,000 facilities across the country and just over 2,000 earned the designation of Best Nursing Homes 2017-18. U.S. News’ goal is to help families find a good and caring facility for their loved one. According to U.S. News & World Report, roughly 1.4 million individuals, including 1 in 10 individuals age 85 and above, will wake up in a U.S. nursing home.
To create Best Nursing Homes 2017-18, U.S. News drew on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that assesses nursing homes in three categories – state-conducted health inspections, nurse staffing and medical quality measures. CMS then assigns homes an overall rating of one to five stars based on their performance in those areas. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Homes” designation to facilities that earned an overall four and half stars and above.
“We are very proud of our staff and their dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® and care for our residents and this national recognition,” said David Fitts, executive director, Westchester Gardens Health & Rehabilitation. “We are also proud to be among the approximately 18 percent of all nursing homes recognized with an overall 5-star rating in the state of Florida.”
“Finding a nursing home that meets an individual’s specific needs is a difficult decision that several million families across America face each year,” says Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “The Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools were designed to help navigate this important life decision and make the process a little easier.”
In addition to releasing the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18, U.S. News & World Report also released its new Nursing Home Finder that offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing home in the county.