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Gardenside Long-Term Care Earns Five-Star Rating Again

FAIRBURY – Gardenside long-term care at Jefferson Community Health Center has once again received a 5 Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Gardenside has been a 5-star facility since the program began.

Nursing Home Compare and the star rating system allow consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care and staffing information for all 15,000 plus Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes. Facilities are assigned star ratings from a high of 5 stars to a low of 1 star based on health inspection surveys, staffing information and quality of care measures. The ratings are publicly available on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website at On Aug. 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the new data, beginning the phase-in of adding five new quality measures to the rating, and implementing other changes in the rating system

“We are pleased to remain a 5-Star facility, even though we are told it has become more difficult to receive the top rating,” said Deb Sutton RN, administrator of Gardenside long-term care. “All of our staff members work very hard to provide the best quality of care for our residents. We are pleased to know that our care for our residents is reflected in our ratings through Nursing Home Compare.”

Gardenside long-term care is a part of Jefferson Community Health Center and has been providing long-term care to area residents since 1963. Currently, Gardenside is licensed for 40 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 including organized activities in the evenings and on weekends.

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 Gardenside continues to add to its gardens each year, adding more areas of interest. Three enclosed courtyards provide outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy. Family members are invited to take part in activities, and special celebrations are planned periodically 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 Nursing Home Compare statistics can be accessed by going to and selecting Gardenside LTC-JCHC.