U.S. News & World Report Releases Best Nursing Homes 2013

U.S. News & World Report Releases Best Nursing Homes 2013

–Ratings highlight top nursing homes in each state, metro area–

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2013, U.S. News & World Report today released its fifth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings, highlighting the top nursing homes in each state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

More than 3 million Americans will spend at least part of 2013 in a nursing home. Too often, they and their families will encounter great difficulty in choosing the right nursing home. Best Nursing Homes will simplify their work by helping them pick a home with a strong track record, whether they live in California, which has twice as many highly rated homes as any other state, or in a region where good nursing homes may be few and far between.

Articles and a step-by-step video walk consumers through selecting a nursing home. Advice includes:

  • Visit homes at different times and on different days of the week to make sure residents are occupied throughout the day;
  • Look for signs that staff has a close relationship with residents, such as calling them by name and making sure they eat;
  • Ask to see inspection reports, then ask how any safety or health problems were resolved;
  • Review hidden costs, such as physical therapy or dentist appointments.

Best Nursing Homes also provides advice on spotting warning signs of bad care and how to pay for care. The articles and searchable database of ratings are exclusive to the website and aren’t expected to appear in print.

To create Best Nursing Homes, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to homes that recently earned an overall rating of five stars, the agency’s highest. Each home is also rated separately on quality of care, health-inspections record, and level of nurse staffing.

“Using trustworthy data, we’ve built a consumer-friendly tool to help seniors and their families confront one of life’s most difficult and anxious transitions,” says Avery Comarow , U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Best Nursing Homes makes it easier for consumers to identify nursing homes that can best meet their needs in terms of location, quality of care, staffing, and more. All seniors deserve the best nursing care available, and we’ve made sure the information they need is at their fingertips.”

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its annual “Best” series of consumer web guides and publications, which include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more.

SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report

 

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  1. Safik

    10% is probably sciifufent if you start before you are 25 years old and make a relatively modest salary. The later you start, the higher percentage you need. And the higher your salary, the higher percentage you need, because Social Security will not make up as big of a fraction of what you need once you retire. Of course, this is sort of a minimal retirement if you want to retire earlier or more expensively (like if you plan to travel or take up an expensive hobby) then you would need to save more.Personally, I encourage anyone your age, as soon as you get that first job, to save like crazy. Here’s why. First, every $1 you save when you are 25 years old should grow to something like $16 by the time you are 65. But every $1 you save when you are 35 grows to just around $8 by the time you are 65. And by the time you’re 45, each dollar grows to just around $4 when you are 65. The dollars you save when you are young have lots of time to grow nicely and really work for you. Second, it is much easier to start out young with very frugal habits, save a lot of money, and then relax as you get older. It is much harder to go the other way!And third, you never know what will happen. If you should lose your job, have a major emergency expense, or something else, you may not be able to contribute to your retirement for a while. So it is nice to be a little ahead there, in case you need a cushion.So, save like crazy when you are young!

    1. As a former EMT and pre-nursing major (Got all the pre-req’s borfee deciding RN was not for me for personal reasons) You are going to hate the nursing pre-req’s if you aren’t interested in EMT. I can’t say anything about nursing proper, but the trail of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology, and patient care/ethics coursework you are required to complete for many/most nursing programs seemed to me to take the basic information given in my EMT course and just expand it many, many times.(Personally, I loved the pre-req’s.)From what I’ve heard from nursing students, the hands-on portion of the course is similar highly expanded from the stuff you learn with EMT and many nursing courses allow advanced placement for experienced EMT’s and Paramedics.My suggestion to you is to ask yourself why you want to be a nurse and whether there is something else that might be a lot more interesting to you. Or, if you are still intent on nursing, try getting the Physiology Coloring Book (not kidding, that’s what it’s called) and work through it borfee trying again. Maybe with a little more familiarity it might be more interesting.

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