Washington, D.C.; Linden Ponds in Hingham, MA has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report's sixth annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News' goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care. 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 draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories---health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care---and gives each an overall rating.
U.S. News awarded the "Best Nursing Home" designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2014.
"We are honored to have received the highest possible overall rating of five stars from U.S. News & World Report," said Justin Paradis, Director of Continuing Care at Linden Ponds. "Our staff works very hard and deserves this rating."
Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles on how to pay for care, spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.
"The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging," says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. "It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate."
About Linden Ponds: Linden Ponds is one of 17 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Linden Ponds is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, Massachusetts. The vibrant campus opened in October 2004, and is home to 1,200 people who are enjoying life to the fullest.