The “Best Nursing Homes: The 2012 U. S. News Honor Roll” has been published by U.S. News and World Report. To determine those named to their list, the authors reviewed data from 15,500 nursing homes across the country and determined the best in each state. The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine has been named one of best nursing homes in the state of Minnesota.
According to the article, “To be named to this distinctive group, the homes received five stars, the highest overall rating, from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A facility’s overall rating is geared to its performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and medical care. Homes are ranked in tiers according to their star ratings in the three individual areas. With each tier, the order is alphabetical.”
The CMS “Five-Star Quality Rating System” is used for skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States. Only 10% of all nursing homes in the United States receive this ranking.
The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine Administrator Dennis DeCosta states, “We thank our team members who helped us achieve our five star ratings and our place on this distinctive list. They focus on providing quality physical, emotional and spiritual care for our residents.”
One of those team members, Sarah Beckius, a licensed social worker, was also honored earlier this month by Governor Mark Dayton. She was named 2012 Caregiver of the Year by Aging Services of Minnesota – the highest honor awarded to Minnesota caregivers who dedicate their lives and careers to serving older adults. Beckius has spent her entire 31-year career at The Lutheran Home Campus in Belle Plaine.
To learn more about The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, please call (952) 873-2215.