Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community on Mercer Island, received five stars, the highest possible overall rating, in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual Best Nursing Homes list.
Out of almost 16,000 nursing centers covered nationwide, the ratings highlight the top providers in each city and state. The goal is to help users find a skilled nursing center with a strong track record of good care. Of the 220 nursing centers in Washington, only 58 received an overall five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“We’re proud of the exceptional and thoughtful care provided to our residents,” said Pamela Gill, Covenant Shores health care administrator. “We know it’s a challenge for families to choose the right care for loved ones, and we’re honored to be recognized as a leader in quality care in Mercer Island and the greater Puget Sound area.”
The Health Center at Covenant Shores provides short-term rehabilitation after a hospital stay or illness as well as long-term care.
Best Nursing Homes draws on CMS data in three categories—health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care—and gives each an overall rating. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to nursing centers that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2015.
In the new ratings, the share of nursing homes with an overall rating of five stars decreased to 21.7 percent, down from 24.9 percent last year. The decrease is the result of recent changes implemented by CMS late last month to bolster the federal rating system.
“Finding the right place for an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools help them navigate this important decision.”
The report is available exclusively online at http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
About Covenant Shores
Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community, is located at 9150 Fortuna Drive, Mercer Island, WA. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Retirement Communities serves 5,000 residents at 14 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church.