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Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Rice Care Center Earns 5-Star Rating from Medicare/Medicaid

Published in News

Author: Staff

Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites (newly known as Carris Health Care Center and Therapy Suites) has earned a 5-star rating from “Nursing Home Compare,” an online tool from Medicare/Medicaid (CMS) that allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes.

“The goal of the 5-star report card is to assist consumers on making the best choice of a skilled nursing facility for them,” said Pam Adam, Administrator of Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites. “This gives them more information than they would know otherwise. We’re proud that our facility has been ranked 5-stars and is committed to good clinical outcomes for our patients.”

According to Medicare’s web site, nursing homes are rated based on three factors: health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. A star rating is provided for each of these three sources in case some factors carry more weight than others for researchers. These ratings are then combined to calculate an overall rating.

The online tool is available at Researchers simply enter a zip code or city and state to compare nursing homes nationwide.

Since the previous CMS rating, Carris Health - Rice Care Center has implemented the “Household Model” after an extensive renovation was completed in 2014. The facility boasts private rooms and bathrooms, separate “neighborhoods” with private entrances, shared gathering spaces like the outdoor patio, a salon/barbershop, coffee bistro, and larger spaces for meals and community activities.

The “Household Model” allows for better quality of care and encourages residents to revel in their independence. They are allowed to wake up at their leisure, enjoy meals when they want them, and have company over to create memories – like you would in your own home. The scores on Nursing Home Compare reflect those household changes. Long-stay residents whose need for help has increased with daily activities is 7.7%, compared to the national average of 15%. The percentage of long-stay residents whose mobility independence worsened is only 11.5%, compared to the national average of 18.2%.

“It’s an honor to take care of people during the most vulnerable time in their life,” said Amanda Thorson, Director of Nursing at Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites. “Every day we strive to be a 5-star facility because it’s the right thing to do. It’s as simple as that.”