25 November 2021
Skilled nursing facilities operated by Southington Care Center in Southington, Jefferson House of Newington and Jerome Home (affiliated with Hartford HealthCare Senior Services) in New Britain are among 13% of facilities nationwide recently recognized as Best Nursing Home for 2021-2022 by US News and World Reports.
The following homes have been awarded Best Nursing Homes status with the highest possible High Performing rating for short-term rehabilitation and / or long-term care: Southington Care Center of Southington, Jefferson House of Newington and Jerome Home US News awards the Best Nursing Home designation only to homes that meet US News’ assessment of appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.
“. I couldn’t be more proud of this team and your commitment to quality under the most difficult circumstances. Thank you for always keeping an eye on what matters most, âsaid Lisa Connolly, Vice President, Hartford HealthCare Community Network.
Now in its 12th year, the ratings and profiles of the best nursing homes in the United States offer comprehensive information on quality of care, COVID-19 vaccination requirements for residents and staff, vaccination rates against influenza and pneumonia and infection control violations listed in the Resident Safety Summary. Individuals can easily perform personalized searches for a highly rated nursing home by location, size, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage.
This year’s methodology emphasizes homes that meet certain patient safety standards, which may limit a home’s ability to achieve a âhigh performanceâ rating. These standards include, among other criteria, a minimum threshold for staff vaccination rates against COVID-19, overuse of antipsychotics and frequent emergency room visits. Homes that have a COVID-19 staff vaccination rate of less than 75% are not considered a premier facility. A significant percentage of short-term rehabilitation and long-term care programs that would otherwise have been labeled “high yield” were downgraded at the time of publication.
Assessments include data on staff, success in preventing emergency room visits, and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other measures. Of the 13,175 nursing homes that received a long-term care rating, 1,063 were designated as high performing. Acute care assessment includes quality measures including RN consistency, antipsychotic medication use, and success in preventing falls. For 2021-2022, 13,500 properties received a short-term rating, while only 1,651 homes received a high performance rating.