Bartels Receives 5-Star Rating

U.S. News’ announces Bartels as one of the best nursing homes for 2013!  Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community recently earned an overall rating of five stars from the federal government for Woodland Terrace, their long-term care community.  To rate nearly 16,000 nursing homes, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a government-run source of data on all nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid.

An estimated 3.3 million Americans will live in the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes during 2013. That number translates to 1 in 7 people ages 65 and up, and more than 1 in 5 of those 85 and older. They and their families will want and need a way to find a source of the best possible care. For many, it won’t be easy.

To help them, U.S. News collected meaningful data and ratings about nearly every nursing facility in the United States, and built from them a searchable database designed to highlight the highest-rated homes likely to meet each user’s needs.

The data behind Best Nursing Homes come from Nursing Home Compare, a website run by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, as most are. The agency also collects information from states and individual homes and assigns each home. Health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of medical care determined each home’s star ratings. “It takes a team effort to achieve a 5-star rating and we are very proud of our talented staff at Bartels.” says Deb Schroeder, President & CEO of Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community.

Bartels, founded in 1954, is a non-profit, Continuing Care Retirement Community. Woodland Terrace, a 126 bed Community, serves long-term nursing residents and skilled/rehabilitation patients. To learn more about Bartels programs and its mission of enriching lives through quality services and Christian care, please visit www.bartelscommunity.org.