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Nursing & Rehab Center included in US News and World Report’s list of Best Nursing Homes

By: Country Meadows |

Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing Center is proud to be included in the latest list of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes, available at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. The Center’s short-term rehabilitation services received the highest rating of “high performing.”

US News and World Report 2019-2020U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,969 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

“We are delighted that Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing Center has been recognized as one of the top-performing nursing centers in the nation and pleased to be among this elite group of health care providers,” says G. Michael Leader, president & CEO-Country Meadows Retirement Communities. “It is a great tribute to the Center’s staff who delivers the quality health care which results in this high rating.”

Now in its tenth year, U.S. News’ Best Nursing Homes is designed to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.

U.S. News Best Nursing Homes offers comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for almost all nursing homes in the country. With this tool, individuals can easily conduct a customized search for a highly rated nursing home by location, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, Alzheimer’s care and size. The Best Nursing Homes reflect U.S. News’ analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that U.S. News has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety and outcomes.

“For the aging population in America, a nursing home should meet the specific level of care based on the needs of each patient or resident,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “The U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings hone in on measurements like emergency room visits, quality of staff and proper distribution of medical and physical therapy to help families make an informed decision. These ratings help individuals and their families begin their search for senior care and should be used in consultation with a medical professional and in-depth on-site visits.”

In 2018, U.S. News developed a Short-Term Rehabilitation Rating that assesses the performance of skilled nursing facilities in post-acute care. For 2019-20, 13,683 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 2,250 homes earned a High-Performing Rating, including Country Meadows Nursing & Rehab Center in Bethlehem. This year the Short-Term Rehabilitation Ratings newly incorporate several measures of quality, including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.

This year, California has the highest number on the list, with 169 nursing homes that received a High Performing Rating in Short-Term Rehabilitation and 157 designated as High Performing in Long-Term Care, followed by Pennsylvania and Florida. Washington, D.C., Hawaii and Alaska have the highest proportion of Best Nursing Homes with at least half of all Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing homes in these states receiving a High-Performing designation in either Short-Term Rehabilitation or Long-Term Care or both.

Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing Center provides 24-hour skilled nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapy and memory support services. Care focuses on the whole person including his or her physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Community Life programs and Spiritual Life Services play an important role in the daily lives of our residents. Click here for more information about Country Meadows of Bethlehem Nursing & Rehab Center.

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