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

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

    “It is such an honor for be named to this list of the best communities in the U.S.,” said John Falldine, managing director of Edgemere. “It is a testament to our entire staff and their devotion to our residents on a daily basis to be named to this list. This means we truly are one of the best communities in the nation.”

    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.

    With 304 independent living apartment homes, 60 assisted living suites, 31 memory care private apartments, and 72 private rooms for dignified skilled nursing, Edgemere is the largest and most comprehensive life care retirement community in Dallas. The community is located in the Preston Hollow/Park Cities area at 8523 Thackery St. at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. The Plaza Health Services at Edgemere located on the same campus at 8502 Edgemere Road at Northwest Highway, offers assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support services for Edgemere life care residents, as well as for others in the community.

    Edgemere, the only Masterpiece Living® community in Dallas, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit retirement community owned by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that owns sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, call (469) 619-0825 or visit www.edgemeredallas.com.

    Photo provided by Edgemere (left to right):
    1. Edgemere residents Opal Beyer, Nancy Currey, Shirley Dawkins and physical therapist Ajay Vellatseri
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