Washington, D.C. ( March 3, 2015) – U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children's Hospitals, has named Charlestown retirement communitys Continuing Care facility as one of the Best Nursing Homes 2015. U.S. News & World Report highlighted the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
To create Best Nursing Homes 2015, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. U.S. News awarded the "Best Nursing Homes" designation to facilities that recently earned the agency's highest overall rating of five stars.
Now in its sixth year, U.S. News' Best Nursing Homes is designed to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2015. 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.
Best Nursing Homes provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing facility in the U.S. A searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance as well as by location. Each facility's profile displays health and fire violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.