SOUTHINGTON – Three skilled nursing facilities operated by or affiliated with Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, Southington Care Center of Southington, Jefferson House of Newington and Jerome Home of New Britain, were among the 13% of facilities nationwide recognized as best nursing home for 2021-22 by US News & World Report.
Facilities were awarded status by achieving ‘high performance’ ratings, the highest possible rating, for short-term rehabilitation and / or long-term care, using an assessment of appropriate use of key services. and consistent performance in quality measures.
This year’s methodology emphasizes homes that meet certain patient safety standards, including a minimum threshold for staff immunization rate against COVID-19, overuse of antipsychotics, and frequent visits to health care providers. emergencies, among other criteria. Homes that have a COVID-19 staff vaccination rate of less than 75% were not considered a top-notch facility.
The ratings for long-term care included data on staffing, success in preventing emergency room visits, and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other measures. The acute care assessment included quality measures including RN consistency, antipsychotic medication use, and success in preventing falls.