5 Star Honors
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rated St. Ann’s five out of five stars for overall quality. This rating is compiled using data compiled from health inspection reports, staffing levels, and quality measures data. CMS says that a five star rating means the data reports indicate that St. Ann’s is “much above average” when its quality data is compared to other senior care centers. All the data and complete explanations for every category is available at the CMS website.
The CMS website reminds us that “Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Reviewing health inspection results, staffing data, and quality measure data are three important ways to measure nursing home quality. This information gives you a ‘snap shot’ of the care individual nursing homes give.
CMS also reminds those looking for answers to their questions about a senior care site’s level of care that “the Five Star Quality Rating System is not a substitute for visiting the nursing home. This system can give you important information, help you compare nursing homes by topics you consider most important, and help you think of questions to ask when you visit the nursing home. Use the Five-Star ratings together with other sources of information.”