U.S. News & World Report released its official list of Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18, and Waveny Care Center of New Canaan was once again named among the nation’s best.
A leading expert in the evaluation of healthcare providers, U.S. News bases its nursing home ratings on data from Nursing Home Compare, a star-rating system developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that serves as the industry standard for assessing nursing home quality.
Waveny is one of only 13 Medicare and Medicaid accredited nursing homes in Fairfield County to boast an overall 5-star CMS rating, which is based on three separate categories of criteria: Health inspections, staffing and quality measures.
“Maintaining a 5-star ranking is no simple feat,” said Bill Piper, CEO of Waveny LifeCare Network. “But, to be able to do it while steadily advancing the acuity of our inpatient care, speaks to a whole other level of hard work and achievement. The reality facing our organization, and all nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, is that the care needs of today’s patients are becoming increasingly complex, and will continue to grow. Waveny remains committed to staying ahead of the curve, and meeting these needs – both today and tomorrow – with the highest quality of care possible.”
To qualify as a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report this year, facilities had to earn an average of 4.5 stars or better during the 12 months of federal reports ending in October 2017, and had to consistently meet certain performance standards set by U.S. News during the period, including earning at least 4 stars in CMS’s overall rating for all 12 months.
“This honor points to a huge amount of collaboration between all of Waveny’s disciplines and departments,” said Lynn Iverson, Waveny’s Campus Administrator. “It reflects our seasoned team’s commitment to working together toward a common goal, and the degree of expertise and experience it takes to expand upon our quality initiatives.”
Waveny Resident Council president, Gerry Roberts, says that Waveny’s most defining asset is its staff, and the personal attention shown to every resident and short-term rehab patient. “Their one-on-one approach is a Waveny hallmark,” said Roberts. “It’s difficult to quantify or measure personal relationships, but in talking to residents and families, it’s clear that their personal touch is at the heart of our prestigious rating.”
“Our designation among the best of the best has everything to do with our staff, and their willingness to constantly rise to new levels to embrace the ongoing and inevitable changes in our healthcare environment,” said Claudia Katz, Director of Nursing at the Care Center. “This ranking is recognition of our team’s talent and teamwork, and Waveny’s mission to provide the highest quality of compassionate, person-centered care.”
Waveny Care Center is part of Waveny LifeCare Network, a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or inquire online.