U.S. News awards top marks to 4 area nursing homes
New national nursing home rankings deliver top scores for four area nursing facilities.
Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley and Larchwood Inns, both of Grand Junction; San Juan Living Center of Montrose; and Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paonia each earned five stars overall in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Nursing Homes Rankings. Lists of the best nursing homes in all 50 states are available at health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
U.S. News and World Report ranked each nursing home based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The ratings system compared nursing home health and fire inspections, nurse staffing numbers and a list of care quality measures with state and national averages to determine a home’s rank.
The four five-star nursing homes between Rifle and Montrose in western Colorado each fell below the state average in percentage of long-term residents who reported moderate to severe pain, received anti-psychotic drugs, were physically restrained, contracted a urinary tract infection or suffered a major injury as a result of a fall.
Sixteen Colorado nursing homes received the report’s lowest overall ranking of one star. All of those facilities are on the Front Range.
Five area nursing homes received two stars: Family Health West Nursing Home in Fruita, Horizons Care Center in Eckert, Palisade Living Center in Palisade, and Grand Junction’s La Villa Grande Care Center and Mesa Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Mesa Manor got two stars each in the quality measures and health inspections categories and three stars for nurse staffing. The other four homes received four stars for nurse staffing and three or four stars for a series of care quality measures but received a single star for health inspection data.
Health inspection reports include information about what health and safety measures were absent from each facility, how many residents may be affected by those absences, and how likely those absences are to pose a danger to residents. Horizons had the fewest “health deficiencies” in its 2012 inspection, six, while Palisade had the most, 19. Family Health West, La Villa Grande and Mesa Manor each had 13 health inspection deficiencies.