Medicare Rates NY Local Nursing Homes
How good are St. Lawrence County’s nursing homes? According to a new nursing home rating report available on Medicare’s website, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s 23-bed Residential Health Care Facility is the best. It has a five-star rating, the highest possible.
Highland Nursing Home, Massena, Kinney Nursing Home in Gouverneur and United Helpers Canton Nursing are the worst. They are rated with one star, the lowest possible. According to the Medicare website, the overall rating is a combination of health inspection rating, staffing levels, and other quality measures.
While staffing levels at Highland, Kinney and the Canton nursing are rated at three or four stars, all received the poorest marks because of relatively high levels of deficiencies uncovered during health inspections. Kinney had 12 deficiencies recorded for the reporting period, while Kinney and Canton each had eight. The New York State average is six, while the U.S. average is nine.
The Canton nursing home is operated by Ogdensburg-based United Helpers, but other St. Lawrence County facilities managed by the organization fared much better in the Medicare report. The United Helpers Nursing Home at 8101 NYS Hwy. 68 in Ogdensburg received four stars, while the Untied Helpers Cedars Nursing Home at 6695 NYS Hwy. 37 in Ogdensburg is rated with three stars.
The Nursing Home Compare report offers detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Medicare officials urge in-person visits to nursing homes and other considerations such as distance from family and relatives when selecting a nursing home.
They also urge weighing other long-term care choices like community-based services, home care or assisted living, depending on a patient’s needs and resources. That information is also available on Medicare’s website.
To view the full reports on St. Lawrence County’s nursing homes:
1. Visit Medicare’s Nursing Home Comparison Web Page
2. Click the “Find and Compare Nursing Homes” button
3. Select “Find a Nursing Home Within a County,” then in the “State/Territory” pull-down menu, choose New York – Upstate. Click “Next Step”
5. In the “Select a County” pull-down menu, choose Saint Lawrence County. Click “Continue”
6. Scroll down the page to view the report. Click on each individual nursing home name for detailed information about the facility.
Reprinted from northcountrynow.blogspot.com/