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

    The Plaza at Querencia at Barton Creek was recently recognized as one of the best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Querencia is sponsored by Senior Qualities Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), which operates four other communities in Texas. Each of Querencia’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 Nate Weyand, executive director of Querencia. “To be named to this list means we truly are one of the best communities in the nation. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the staff at The Plaza. This award recognizes all of their hard work in serving our residents 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 facility. 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. That information is compared with the average number of residents during the same period 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 facility 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 facilities 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 prevent falls from a bed or a chair.


    Querencia at Barton Creek is a premier life care senior living resort located at Barton Creek Boulevard and Chalk Knoll Drive in Austin, Texas, less than a mile from Barton Creek Resort & Club. The 400,000 square-foot senior living resort features 167 independent living residences, including 10 villas, on 38 acres. Residences are available in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 830 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet. The Plaza at Querencia features assisted living apartment homes in one- and two-bedroom designs, memory support suites, private nursing rooms for long-term care, and Medicare-certified private suites for short-term rehabilitation.

    Querencia at Barton Creek is 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, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, visit www.QuerenciaBartonCreek.com, or call (512) 610-9401.
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