Friendship Village of Bloomington is proud to promote the fact that our senior living community was awarded a 5-star Medicare rating. But as a prospective resident, what exactly does that mean for you? Without understanding who awards that rating and how that rating is even determined, you may feel inclined to dismiss it as nothing more than a plaque collecting dust on the wall. But we can assure you that it is much more than that. In fact, the Medicare rating system can help you find the senior living community that is right for you, now and into the future.
What is the Medicare rating system?
When choosing a senior living community, how do you measure quality? Well, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Five-Star Quality Rating System to do exactly that. Their system, which uses a scale of 1 to 5 stars, is designed to help older adults and their families and caregivers make an informed decision. Communities assigned a 5-star rating are considered above-average in quality, whereas a 1-star rating is meant to signal below-average quality.
In addition to the overall rating, the CMS also provides separate ratings for three categories: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures.
- Health Inspections is based on a community’s three most recent health inspections and investigations due to complaints.<
- Staffing is calculated based on the number of hours of care provided on average to each resident each by a community’s nursing staff.
- Quality Measures is a determination of how well the community’s staff is caring for the physical and clinical needs of their residents.
Benefits of a CCRC
Quality is but one metric for sizing up whether a senior living community is right for you. You should also be looking at the types of care a community provides for its residents. You may be healthy and able to live independently now, but that may not always be the case. No one can predict the future, but you can at least be prepared for whatever it holds in store for you.
A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), which can also be referred to as a Life Care community, is built on the idea of being prepared for whatever lies ahead. They are typically home to an independent living community complete with a host of services and amenities that allow their residents to be active and engaged every day of their lives. But greater levels of care are available under the same roof, for if and when a resident should need them.
Peace of mind is important for both residents and their families. CCRCs offer the assurance that residents will be cared for, both now and in the future.
Friendship Village of Bloomington Health Center
What does a Life Care community with a 5-star rating from the CMS look like? Step inside Friendship Village of Bloomington and see for yourself. Our dedication to providing a full continuum of care is reflected in our expanded assisted living and memory care residences, which have enabled us to provide a greater level of care for more older adults in need.
Assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitation services are among the health services that our community makes available to residents if and when they need them. Residents who require our senior health services are also provided chef-prepared meals and access to all of the amenities that make Friendship Village a premier senior living community. Fulfilling the wants and needs of our residents is the driving force behind our community.
Healthcare professionals you can trust
Residents need to be able to trust that they are in good hands in our health center, which is why we make great effort to staff our team with the best and brightest healthcare professionals. Our licensed skilled nursing team includes registered nurses, practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and physical, occupational and speech therapists. Registered physicians and a therapy team are on-site as part of our rehabilitation services. We also have a social worker and dietitian available.
The care you need and the quality of care you deserve are both at Friendship Village
If you are interested in learning more about our 5-star health services, let’s chat! Please fill out the form below or give us a call at 952-831-7500.