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    Posted March 31, 2014 by
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    Buckner Westminster Place, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Longview, and its Green House® Homes have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report with a five-star rating in its annual Best Nursing Homes issue. This is the first time the senior living community has received this level of recognition. They are delighted and pledge to continue providing excellent service.

    “We are honored to have our Green House Homes featured in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue,” said Wes Wells, executive director of Buckner Westminster Place. “The Green House homes offer such a unique style of care. We are thrilled to receive national recognition for our efforts.”
    The Green House Homes present a unique approach to care including a design that is much like a typical family home with multiple bedrooms and personal bathrooms for privacy, a large social living room and a spacious kitchen area where seniors eat their meals together. The Shahbazim, certified nursing assistants with additional extensive specialized training, care for and build strong relationships with the residents and are empowered to make decisions to protect, sustain and nurture them.

    “Continuing care retirement communities feature a broad spectrum of care designed to conveniently support seniors as they age in place,” said Wells. “In addition to our Green House homes, Buckner Westminster Place offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. Our staff is compassionate and trained to deliver quality service to seniors. Our team is honored to receive this top ranking, which highlights the dedication to providing engaging, high quality care to each resident that resides in the community.”

    Of the 16,000 senior care residences evaluated, less than 25 percent earned a five-star rating. Each residence was evaluated based on reviews of three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spent with residents and the quality of medical care. Data gathered from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided the basis for the ratings. CMS exists to help consumers, families and caregivers assess options for senior care. The data comes from regular health inspections carried out by state agencies and mandatory reporting from the residences.

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