Ridge Crest at Meadow Ridge is extremely proud to be named as one of the 64 “top-performing” nursing homes in Connecticut for 2017-18. In addition to being named to this list and being listed as a 5-Star health center, Ridge Crest, which is open to the public, has also now earned a 5-Star rating in every category within the Nursing Home Compare program offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2017-18.
*Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country to create their Nursing Home Finder and come up with the list of homes designated as the best. To receive a high rating, a home had to provide significantly more than the required minimum of rehabilitation therapy. Their ratings were compiled using data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Nursing homes were rated “poor” to “top-performing” on a scale of 1 to 5.
Evaluating Skilled Nursing Home Options in Fairfield County
With roughly 1 in 10 people age 85 and above residing in a U.S. nursing home, the ability to properly evaluate a nursing home is increasingly crucial. If you or a loved one is searching for a nursing home in Fairfield County, here are some other important things to consider when evaluating your options.
You’ll likely start your search online.
While the ratings provided by U.S. News & World Report and Nursing Home Compare provide a useful launching point, experts recommend you read inspection reports and dig into the details behind the ratings. Another useful resource is Nursing Home Inspect. This online tool that allows you to compare nursing homes based on any deficiencies cited by regulators and penalties imposed in the past three years.
Talk to friends and relatives who’ve had recent experiences with local facilities.
Then you’ll need to visit nursing homes to best gauge fit. Walk around, talk to residents and staff, and ask tons of questions. “What’s the staff-to-resident ratio?” “What the readmission rate for rehabilitation service?” “Do you have open visiting hours?” And of course, “What will it cost?” AARP has created a handy checklist of questions to ask.
Pay attention to the staff and their interactions with residents.
Observe whether staffers greet residents and visitors with a smile. Having a genuine focus on each person as an individual is meaningful. Treating residents just like anyone else, and not their particular illness or inabilities, helps each resident feel like they’re safe and valued.
Check out our video featuring therapist Hope Brown to see just how much our staff cares about the work they do and helping your loved ones get the care they need:
Why Ridge Crest?
Check out the activities.
The best nursing homes offer a variety of social, physical, interactive and educational activity choices for residents to make. Is there an outdoor space for walking, eating, or visiting with family and friends? Does it feel like a place you or your loved one would be comfortable?
As a leader in senior health care services, Ridge Crest offers a relaxed, household atmosphere in a beautiful setting. First-class amenities and our dedication to compassionate, person-centered care create an environment that promotes healing and an overall sense of well-being. To help relieve anxiety often associated with receiving care, visitors are always welcome and high staff longevity means your loved one will see the same team members every day. Our staff is also trained to provide memory care services when needed.
For more information on long-term care, check out our article on selecting skilled nursing care. To read the full story from U.S. News & World Report on the 64 Connecticut Nursing Homes Rated As Best In State click here.
Did you know Ridge Crest at Meadow Ridge offers direct admission for skilled nursing? Come see why we’re one of the best nursing homes in Connecticut. Learn more by calling 1-866-761-8510 or filling out the form below.