Kendal Communities Recognized for Excellence in Health Care

U.S. News & World Report has included the care centers of eight Kendal communities on its list of Best Nursing Homes for 2018–19, including Kendal at Oberlin. The Kendal affiliates identified as being among top performers in a U.S. News report released Oct. 30 were:

  • The Admiral at the Lake
  • Barclay Friends
  • Collington
  • Crosslands
  • Kendal at Ithaca
  • Kendal at Longwood
  • Kendal at Oberlin
  • Kendal on Hudson

In addition, Kendal at Lexington, Chandler Hall and Kendal at Granville each received “Better Than Average Overall” ratings. Excellence in health care is integrated in the Values and Practices established for the Kendal system of communities and services for older adults.

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,975 nursing homes earned the designation of U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

New Rating for Short Term Rehabilitation Stays

For the 2018-19 ratings, U.S. News introduced a new and first of its kind Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating. This new rating aims to provide patients with a clearer view of the quality of care provided by nursing homes to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.

U.S. News cited nine Kendal communities as having “High Performing Short-Stay” nursing care:

  • The Admiral at the Lake
  • Barclay Friends
  • Collington
  • Crosslands
  • Kendal at Granville
  • Kendal at Ithaca
  • Kendal at Longwood
  • Kendal at Oberlin
  • Kendal on Hudson

The data U.S. News used to evaluate nursing homes came from the federal Nursing Home Compare program. It incorporates nurse staffing, health inspection and quality measures star ratings. In addition to these measures, U.S. News assessed nursing homes based on the appropriateness of the therapy minutes provided to residents, as well as the consistency of their reported nurse staffing across self-reported and payroll-based reporting systems.

“Several million Americans will spend at least some time in a nursing home this year, whether undergoing rehab after a hospital stay or as long-term residents,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Finding a nursing home that meets an individual’s specific needs can be overwhelming. The Best Nursing Home ratings are designed to help potential residents and their families navigate this important decision.”

Research Your Options Carefully

Choosing a care center for yourself or for a loved one is a decision that merits some careful research. In addition to rankings like that of U.S. News, be sure to review a community’s data on the Nursing Home Compare site at Medicare.gov. If you are searching in Ohio, be sure to check out Ohio’s Long Term Care Consumer Guide, which also includes results of resident satisfaction surveys. After all, who better than residents to evaluate the quality of care a community provides.

You can review the Ohio Department of Health’s resident satisfaction scores in detail for Kendal at Oberlin’s Stephens Care Center here.