New Jersey nursing homes ranked for quality measures by US News

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About 1.2 million people reside in a nursing home in the United States – for short- or long-term care – on any given day.

U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual evaluation of 15,000 nursing homes to help families when making the decision of where to go. Among the 348 nursing homes studied in New Jersey, the top 34 rated 5 out of 5 with high honors for measures that include staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care.

The publication also studied 306 senior living communities here, and rated 67 as the best among them, based on resident satisfaction, safety, value, caregiving and other markers.

What are the top nursing homes in New Jersey?

Nursing homes, while traditionally considered senior citizen facilities, are also short-term rehabilitation facilities for people of all ages. In July 2022, about 1.2 million people resided in a nursing home, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Most nursing homes in the United States are certified to serve as both skilled nursing facilities, which provide a clinically managed recovery period after a person’s illness or injury, and long-term care facilities that deliver health care and services a resident needs for mental or physical conditions not rising to the level of skilled nursing care.

The top nursing homes, rated for their short-term rehabilitation and long-term care are:

  • Barnert Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Center (Paterson)
  • Care Connection Rahway
  • Care One at Cresskill
  • Care One at East Brunswick
  • Care One at Evesham (Marlton)
  • Care One at Moorestown
  • Care One at Ridgewood Avenue (Paramus)
  • Care One at Somerset Valley (Bound Brook)
  • Care One at Teaneck
  • Care One at Wayne Skilled Nursing Facility (Wayne)
  • Cedar Crest – Mountainview Gardens (Pompton Plains)
  • Community Medical Center Transitional Care Unit – Toms River
  • Complete Care at Wall
  • Continuing Care at Lantern Hill (New Providence)
  • Emerson Health Care Center (Emerson)
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Care Center – Prospect Heights
  • Heath Village (Hackettstown)
  • Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington)
  • Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center of Living (Livingston)
  • Job Haines Home for Aged People (Bloomfield)
  • Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital (Lawrenceville)
  • Lions Gate (Voorhees)
  • Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill (West Caldwell)
  • Medford Leas (Medford)
  • New Jersey Eastern Star Home (Bridgewater)
  • Parker at Somerset
  • Shady Lane Gloucester County Home (Clarksboro)
  • Spring Hills Post Acute Livingston
  • Spring Hills Post Acute Woodbury
  • The Elms Rehab and Healthcare Center of Cranbury
  • Wiley Mission (Marlton)
  • WillowBrooke Court Skilled Care at Evergreens (Moorestown)
  • Winchester Gardens Health Care Center (Maplewood)
  • Woodcliff Lake Health & Rehabilitation Center

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How were the nursing homes rated?

“All ratings, whether good or bad, are just a starting point for health care consumers who are choosing where to receive care. Nothing takes the place ofin-depth visits (many now offer these visits virtually),” according to the publication.

The ratings, done since 2009, use data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by CMS, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

The short-term rehabilitation rating is based on U.S. News’ assessment of 10 quality measures focusing on staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care. 

The long-term care rating is based on U.S. News’ assessment of nine quality measures, focusing on staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care – such as flu vaccination rates and the “appropriate” use of some antipsychotic medications.

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