Nursing home ratings come from 1. Health inspections, 2. Staffing, 3. Quality measures
A star rating is provided for each of these 3 sources, in case some areas are more important to you than others. Then, these 3 ratings are combined to calculate an overall rating.
Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data, and quality measure data are 3 important ways to measure nursing home quality. This information gives you a “snapshot” of the care individual nursing homes give.
U.S. News Overall Ratings of 1.0 to 5.0 are 10-month averages of the monthly overall ratings by the federal Nursing Home Compare program, with certain modifications. Facilities are included if they were federally rated in August 2017. U.S. News Best Nursing Home and Nursing Home Compare overall ratings may differ due to the use of 10-month averaging and modifications. These include a cap placed on an overall rating under several conditions, such as a federal star rating of 2 or less in any month in health inspections or nurse staffing.
A new 5-level Nursing Home Finder Overall Rating scale was created this year for consistency with other U.S. News health ratings:
- Top Performing – 4.5 to 5.0
- Above Average – 3.5 to 4.4
- Average – 2.5 to 3.4
- Below Average – 1.6 to 2.4
- Poor – 1.0 to 1.5
Lutheran Home of Southbury has been recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long-term and post-acute care. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.