CONNECTICUT — As health care facilities continue to face an ongoing battle against the coronavirus, several nursing homes in Connecticut were recognized last month for providing outstanding care in the months leading up to the pandemic, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
The 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes list rates more than 15,000 nursing facilities providing care to 1.3 million people in the United States.
The purpose of the annual Best Nursing Homes list, according to U.S. News, is to help Americans better understand their options when choosing a nursing facility for themselves or a family member.
This year’s list rated 214 facilities in Connecticut.
To compile rankings, U.S. News analyzed public data available through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Researchers looked at statistics on care, health inspections and staffing amid COVID-19 outbreaks, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, infection control violations and more.
Data used in this year's rankings represented periods between 2017 and 2019. Rate of complaints was the only measure that used data from the first three months of 2020.
More on the methodology used to compile this year's list of best nursing homes can be found here.
Each facility was then rated on quality of long- and short-term care. Ratings range from high-performing to below average. Facilities were also assigned an overall rating on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.
Out of more than 13,400 nursing homes rated for long-term care, 1,139 were designated as high-performing. More than 14,100 facilities received a short-term rating, of which 2,362 homes earned a high-performing rating.
Here's how nursing homes in Connecticut fared:
This year, California has the highest number of the top-ranked nursing homes on the list. In all, 215 nursing homes in California received a high-performing rating in short-term rehabilitation, and 135 facilities were designated high-performing in long-term care.
Florida, Illinois and New Jersey follow California for the highest number of top-ranked nursing homes.
Nursing homes in Connecticut had a rough year, make no mistake. The state was first into the breach this spring when COVID-19 took hold in this country. Many of the procedures for dealing with the infection in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the U.S. were learned here first, the hard way. Despite that, 34 Connecticut facilities earned a coveted "5" overall rating from the publisher.
To assist Americans in gauging their best options for long- and short-term care, U.S. News this year also added a patient safety summary on each facility’s profile, which includes self-reported COVID-19 cases, safety measures taken and other related guidance concerning the pandemic.
View this year’s full list of Best Nursing Homes here.