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elderly homeIt is estimated that the number of Baby Boomers in this country is almost 80 million people. Between medical advances and the focus on healthy living and exercise, the age of life expectancy continues to increase. This means that, at some point, more and more families will be faced with the decision of placing their senior loved one in a nursing home.

This decision becomes even harder with the never-ending number of incidents we read and hear about of tragic nursing home abuse and neglect cases. How does a family know that the home they have placed their loved in will be one where their senior will receive the best quality of care from both staff and administration?

One excellent tool families can use is the Nursing Home Finder report that is published by U.S. News & World Report. The organization, which has been issuing their annual report since 2009, recently released their 2017-2018 issue. The ranking of each facility is determined using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMC) for their Nursing Home Compare program.

This year, there were over 15,000 nursing homes nationwide which the report evaluated. Of those totals, approximately 2,300 earned the organization’s Best Nursing Home designation. Using the reporting tool, a family can find highly-rated facilities by location, distance, size, and its Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

The state with the highest number of nursing homes that made the list was California. Ohio was second and Florida third. The states/district with the highest number of Best Nursing Home recognitions were Arkansas, Hawaii, and Washington D.C.

A five-level rating system was used, from top performing to poor. The different factors that were rated included the type and quality of care patients received, the results of health inspections, the type of staffing the facility had, and its safety record. Facilities could only be designated a Best Nursing Home if they received a rating of at least 4.5 for the prior 10 months of federal reporting.

Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Tragically, no matter how carefully and diligently a family researches a nursing home facility, incidents of elder abuse and neglect still happen. If your loved one has been a victim, contact a skilled Virginia nursing home abuse attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have.

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