Ashby Ponds Continuing Care Neighborhood Earns 5-Star Rating from Federal Agency

March 3, 2020

Ashburn, Virginia--The continuing care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community, attained the maximum score in three signature categories of Nursing Home Compare, a consumer information portal administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The community earned a 5-star rating in the Overall, Staffing and Quality of Resident Care categories. 

CMS developed Nursing Home Compare and the star rating system to provide consumers with an easy way to search for nursing homes that provide the quality of care they desire.  All of the data found on Nursing Home Compare is provided as a service to the public. 

The information on Nursing Home Compare comes from 3 key sources: the (CMS) health inspection database, a national database of resident clinical data known as the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and Medicare claims data.  The results can be seen here:

Michael Wehrle is the Director of Continuing Care at Ashby Ponds.  "We take great pride in the fact that Ashby Ponds earned these 5-star ratings," stated Mr. Wehrle.  "It is a wonderful tribute to the professionalism and compassion of our employees who care for residents each and every day."

More than 175 employees make up the continuing care team.  They range from nurses, care associates, dieticians, culinary professionals, therapists, social workers, programming assistants, housekeepers, maintenance staff and administrators.

"We truly implement a holistic approach when it comes to personalized resident care.  Our continuing care team and medical center professionals consistently communicate, and we go above and beyond recommended training requirements.  Finally, we have all embraced a 'guest-ready' culture that promotes open conversation and engagement with residents and family members," said Mr. Wehrle.

The CMS system provides a "better understanding of how we are regulated and judged in the quality of service provided to our residents, and these rankings are an important tool for families and caregivers," noted Mr. Wehrle.

Ashby Ponds provides a full continuum of care, featuring 1,176 residences in independent living that offer a variety of one and two bedroom floor plans and pricing options.  The continuing are neighborhood, known as Maple Grove, offers skilled nursing, assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation and memory-care services to residents and guests.

About Ashby Ponds: Ashby Ponds, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia.  The not-for-profit community of more than 1,660 residents and 550 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of Ashby Ponds.  Additional information can be found at