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Ratings for Lancaster County Nursing Homes Announced

A number of nursing homes in Lancaster County have something to brag about after a recent report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services showed that they offer a level of care that’s just above average.

According to an article on LancasterOnline.com, the report found that overall, the county’s 21 nursing homes averaged 3.4 stars. Eighteen of Lancaster County’s nursing homes earned either five stars or four stars, which are positive ratings. Ratings are based on state health department inspections for the past 3 years; nursing and physical therapy staffing levels; and quality measurements, such as the percentage of patients with bed sores or urinary tract infections.

On the low end of the ratings spectrum are five facilities that only earned one star, including Golden Living Center, Conestoga View, ManorCare Health Services-Lancaster, Lancashire Hall, and Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

The report also showed that in general, nonprofit nursing homes did much better than for-profit facilities. Nonprofit homes earned a rating of 4.1 stars on average, compared to 2.5 stars for for-profit homes.

In the article, one home administrator is quoted as saying, “The best rating you can get is to go and see the facility, talk to staff, and take a tour.”