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Gardenside LTC Earns Five-Star Rating

           FAIRBURY – Gardenside long-term care at Jefferson Community Health Center has been recognized in the US News Best Nursing Home Report for receiving a 5 Star Rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

            The US News Best Nursing Home Report indicates that 23 percent of all nursing homes in Nebraska earned the five-star rating. Ratings are based on overall performance in health inspections, nursing staffing and quality of medical care.

“All of our staff members work very hard to provide the best quality of care for our residents,” said Deb Sutton RN, director of nursing for Gardenside long-term care. “We are pleased to know that our care for our residents is reflected in our ratings through Nursing Home Compare and the US News Best Nursing Home Report.”

Gardenside received a five-star overall rating based on  receiving five stars in nursing staffing, five stars in quality measures, and four stars in health inspections. The health inspection rating is based on the past three years of health inspections.

Gardenside long-term care is a part of Jefferson Community Health Center and has been providing long-term care to area residents since for more than 50 years. Currently, Gardenside is licensed for 39 beds, and has one Hospice room available. Gardenside has a resident dog, Tia; an aviary; and a variety of activities in which residents can participate.

Gardenside prides itself on having a homelike environment, and being a small, family-oriented care facility. Residents are encouraged to be a part of planting and care and for gardens, and the garden project is expected to grow this spring and summer. Three enclosed courtyards provide outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy. Family members are invited to take part in activities, and at least twice a year special celebrations are planned which include family members.

“What really sets us apart and makes our facility special is our wonderful staff,” Sutton said. “Their hard work, dedication and care for our residents truly makes us a five-star facility.”

The US News ratings reflect statistics from the Nursing Home Compare website, which provides public ratings for nursing homes nationwide based on surveys.

The US News Best Nursing Home Report can be accessed at http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/area/ne. The Nursing Home Compare statistics can be accessed by going to www.Medicare.gov and selecting Gardenside LTC-JCHC.

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