Bergen Nursing Homes Ranked Below Average in Federal Report

19 12 2008
Bergen Regional Medical Center

Bergen Regional Medical Center

Bergen Regional Medical Center, the state’s largest provider of nursing home care, was among seven facilities in Bergen County to score below average in rankings released today by the federal government.

The five-star rating system released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) streamlines data to help families select a facility, a task that often follows a medical crisis and requires immediate action.

In Bergen County, three nursing homes scored the highest, a five-star rating, awarded to fewer than 50 of the state’s 372 long term care centers. They include: The Actor’s Fund Home in Englewood; Dell Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Paramus and the Van Dyk Manor of Ridgewood.

Rankings of  two- or one-star are considered below average.

Facilities that received two-stars include: Woodcrest Health Care Center in New Milford; Prospect Heights in Hackensack; Care One at Pine Rest in Paramus and Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus.

One-star ratings were given to Maywood Center for Health and Rehabilitation; Oradell Health Care Center and the Plaza Regency at Park Ridge.

“Choosing a nursing home or community-based care is one of the most difficult and sometimes confusing decisions families have to make,” said Thomas Hamilton, director of the CMS Survey and Certification Group. “The new Web site improvements also include links to information…that may be of great interest to families.”

A representative for New Jersey’s long-term care industry sharply criticized the rating system as misleading.

“I gave the list my personal smell test and it didn’t pass muster,” said Paul Langevin, president of the Health Care Association of New Jersey which represents long-term care facilities. “There are facilities I’ve recommended to people regularly and who are very satisfied which have received three stars,” he said.

Facilities are ranked in three areas: a three-year review of annual inspections; staffing and other quality measures.
Bergen Regional’s score was lowered significantly because of recent inspection reports.

“Recent environmental issues related to the size and age of the facility impacted the results of the health inspection survey used in this new report,” said Katie Richardson, interim administrator for Long Term Care.” Corrective plans are in place, she said.

Barbra London, senior vice president of Freedom Elder Care in Hackensack, said families are eager for information, especially when they must select a facility when a loved one is discharged from a hospital.

“It will give them some control over a situation they feel very helpless about,” she said.

She stressed that families must visit facilities themselves and do some homework to know what to look for. Families should ask for inspection reports and note if there’s any reluctance to do so. Find out if dementia patients are separated from the rest of the population. Check menus and activity calendars and notice the quality of the food and if activities are actually occurring as scheduled, London said.

In Passaic County, three of the 19 facilities ranked received top scores including: Doctors Subacute Care in Paterson; Holy Name Friary in Ringwood and St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa. Seven facilities scored below average. Health Center at Bloomingdale and Oak Ridge Rehabilitation in Wayne scored one star.

The following centers received two stars: Wayne View Care Center; Riverview Post- Acute Care Center in Paterson; Preakness Healthcare Center in Wayne; Daughters of Miriam Center in Clifton; Chestnut Hill Convalescent Center in Passaic.

One star rankings included: Health Center at Bloomingdale and Oak Ridge Rehabilitation in Wayne. Twenty facilities in Morris County were ranked, including four that received top scores. Five centers scored below average with two stars.

(News source: North Jersey .com)




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23 11 2009
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