Kendal on Hudson has earned a top spot on the 2018-2019 U.S. News Best Nursing Home List.
After close evaluation of more than 15,000 nursing homes in the country, 2,975 earned a top-rated spot on the U.S. News Best Nursing Home list. Out of the 2,975, 11 of those are located in Rockland and Westchester County in New York. Kendal on Hudson is proud to fill one of those spots.
How the U.S. News Best Nursing Home List Works
The U.S. News & World Report’s Nursing Home Finder is a tool designed to help individuals and their loved ones with the decision-making process of finding a community when they are in need of short-term or long-term care.
Every year, U.S. News evaluates nursing homes all over the country to determine which ones deserve mention on their Best Nursing Homes list, as well as to provide accurate information on the centers they evaluate so searchers can make an informed decision.
“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.”
To be eligible for an overall rating, the facility must be identified in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and included in the U.S. News overall score for short-term and long-term care.
How Top-Rated Communities Are Selected
The process to evaluate each nursing home is extensive. To make their selection, U.S. News collects the overall composite score and short-stay rehabilitation data from a publicly available report published by the CMS. U.S. News evaluates the CMS star ratings for each facility.
Health inspection reports are scanned for any violations in areas such as food preparation, infection control, medication management and the resident’s quality of life. The CMS star rating depends on the seriousness and scope of any violations found.
Part of the CMS evaluation includes staff. Staffing at each center is evaluated by looking into how many hours of care each resident receives. The CMS compares the total staffing hours to the average number of residents during the same period and determines the daily minutes of nursing time per resident. To receive a five-star rating by U.S. News, the facility had to receive a five-star rating from CMS in both the total nurse staffing and registered nurse staffing domains.
Medical quality measures are also inspected. The CMS requires all Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes to submit certain clinical assessment-based data as part of the Minimum Data Set, which covers all residents. The CMS star rating in this category is based on a subset of nine long-stay and seven short-stay indicators that are reliable and validated.
Finally, rehabilitation therapy minutes are evaluated. CMS does not take rehabilitation therapy data into account for their star ratings, so U.S. News ratings factor the amount of rehabilitation therapy a facility provides.
To learn more about eligibility and rating calculations, you can view the U.S. News and World Report 2018-19 Nursing Home Finder report here.
Why Kendal on Hudson?
Kendal on Hudson, along with eight other Kendal affiliates, is honored to wear the badge of a U.S. News top-rated nursing home. We are a life plan community, not a nursing home, but we qualified for this award because we provide exceptional skilled nursing and rehabilitation care.
Kendal on Hudson stands out as a vibrant community with many amenities, residential services and comprehensive on-site health care for life. We are proud of the service our staff provides daily to the residents at Kendal on Hudson.
If this is the first you have heard of Kendal on Hudson, we invite you to learn more about us. Our lifestyle is resident-driven, meaning all activities, classes and social events are planned by the residents. Our living options include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support.
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