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    U.S. News & World Report Lists The Plaza at Mirador One of the Best Nursing Homes in the Country

    The Plaza at Mirador was recently recognized as one of the best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Mirador is sponsored by Senior Qualities Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), which operates four other communities in Texas. Each of Mirador’s sister communities also made the distinguished list.

    “We are honored to have been recognized as one of the best communities in the U.S.,” said Aaron DeNovellis, executive director of Mirador. “To be named to this list means we truly are one of the best communities in the nation. Rigorous tests must be passed and we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the staff at The Plaza. This award is for them and all of their hard work they do on a daily basis.”

    U.S. News & World Report compiled their list by reviewing community scores given by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Nearly 16,000 nursing homes across the country were considered for this list and only 3,800 made the cut. Three categories are scored based on a five-star rating and include health inspections, nurse staffing and quality measures. To make this list, a community must receive an overall five-star rating

    So how is each category evaluated? According to the magazine, health inspections are conducted by state survey teams on behalf of CMS about every 12 to 15 months. They also investigate health-related complaints from residents, their families and other members of the public. "Health" is broadly defined. Besides such matters as safety of food preparation and adequacy of infection control, the list covers such issues as medication management, residents' rights and quality of life, and proper skin care. A rating in this category is based on the number of deficiencies and their seriousness and scope, meaning relatively how many residents were or could have been affected. Deficiencies are included if they were identified during the three latest health inspections and in investigations of public complaints in that time frame.

    For nurse staffing, CMS determines the amount of time per day patients receive from the nursing staff, because even first-rate nurses and nurse aides can't deliver quality care if there aren't enough of them. The information is self-reported by each nursing home. Facilities report the average number of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nurse aides and assistants on the payroll during the two weeks before the latest health inspection. The number of hours they worked is also reported. Agency temporary employees do not count. That information is compared with the average number of residents during the same period and crunched to determine the average number of daily minutes of nursing time. To receive five stars in the latest CMS ratings, the nursing staff had to provide nearly 4½ hours of care a day to each resident, including about 43 minutes from registered nurses. The time for each home is shown in the ratings. CMS also provides the average time physical therapists spend with residents, but it isn’t factored into the staffing rating.

    In looking at quality measures, CMS requires nursing homes to submit clinical data for the latest three calendar quarters detailing the status of each individual Medicare and Medicaid resident in 18 indicators, such as the percentage of residents who had urinary tract infections or who were physically restrained to prevent falls from a bed or a chair.


    Located in the heart of south Corpus Christi, Mirador is the area’s only full service life care senior living community. The only Masterpiece Living® community in the Coastal Bend area, the $79 million gated community includes 125 customized independent living apartment homes, each with a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and 24-hour emergency response system, as well as 44 private assisted living suites, 41 private rooms for dignified nursing care, and 18 private residences for memory support. Designed to enrich the lives of seniors, Mirador features 25,000 square feet of commons areas on a lush 17-acre campus with a premier location close to local restaurants, shops and attractions.

    Mirador is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, and The Barrington at Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, visit www.miradorretirement.com, or call (361) 288-7027.

    Photos provided by Mirador:
    The Plaza staff with Mirador resident Patrick O'Brien
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