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Waveny Care Center Named Among Nation's Finest by U.S. News & World Report

Waveny Care Center Named Among Nation's Finest by U.S. News & World Report

Posted on December 21, 2018

Short-term rehab patient, Anthony Difeo, exercises in physical therapy at Waveny Care Center, recently named among the nation’s best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report released its official list of Best Nursing Homes for 2018-19, and Waveny Care Center of New Canaan was once again named among the nation’s finest.

Since its rating program began in 2009, U.S. News has relied on data from Nursing Home Compare – a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. Waveny is one of only 14 Medicare and Medicaid accredited nursing homes in Fairfield County to boast an overall 5-star CMS rating, which is based on three separate categories of criteria: Federal Health Inspections, Nursing Staffing Levels and Clinical Quality Measures.

“Our nurses, therapists, physicians, and staff work very hard every day for each individual resident to provide the very best in resident-centered quality, comfort, and compassionate care,” said Russ Barksdale, Waveny’s president and CEO. “We are grateful to be acknowledged for just that.”

This year, U.S. News changed its overall rating methodology to place more emphasis on staffing quality. They also applied additional rating indicators of care that CMS does not factor into its own ratings – such as whether the amount of rehabilitation therapy provided was determined by reimbursement or by patient-centered needs.

 “This honor is recognition of our seasoned team’s talent and teamwork,” said Claudia Katz, Director of Nursing at the Care Center. “As the care needs of our patients increase in complexity, clinical expertise and experience are more important than ever. Our staff is dedicated to meeting those changing needs with the highest quality of personalized care.”

“Waveny’s designation among the best of the best speaks to a great deal of hard work and achievement,” said Lynn Iverson, Waveny’s Campus Administrator. “It reflects our deep commitment to our quality initiatives and to those in our care.”

Waveny Care Center is part of Waveny LifeCare Network – a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas, including enhanced independent living at The Inn, assisted living and short-term respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare and Waveny at Home. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1, inquire online or visit www.waveny.org.