Best and Worst Rated Georgia Nursing Homes

best and worst rated nursing homes georgia

The federal government has standards of care in place to ensure certified nursing homes give residents the best possible care.

Not only are caregivers and other nursing home staff responsible for the physical care of their residents, they’re also responsible for residents’ mental, psychological, and social well-being.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rates Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes based on health inspection status, quality of resident care measures, and staffing.

“Best” nursing homes received five stars, which is considered “much above average.” “Worst” nursing homes received one star, which is considered “much below average.”

Click on a city below for a list of all the Georgia nursing homes and long-term care facilities within 50 miles of that region with a one-star or five-star overall rating. All nursing homes are listed in alphabetical order.

Star ratings are held constant for a period of at least one year. Nursing Home Compare data was last updated in April 2019.

Several changes were made to the Five-Star Quality Rating System in the 2019 scores:

  • Health Inspections: The methodology for health inspection ratings went back to what they were prior to February 2018. This means results from the three most recent standard health inspections, coupled with 36 months of complaint inspections, are used to calculate the health inspection score.
  •  Staffing: The staffing rating thresholds were changed, with the staffing level required to receive a 5-star rating determined based on analyses of the relationship between staffing levels and measures of nursing home quality.
  • Quality of Care: Measures of long-stay hospitalizations and long-stay emergency department (ED) visits were added to the quality measure rating, and the long-stay physical restraints measure was dropped. There are also new point thresholds for the overall quality measure rating as well as the short-stay and long-stay ratings.
  • Special Focus Facilities: Nursing Home Compare no longer displays an overall quality rating or ratings for nursing homes currently participating in the Special Focus Facility program.

Learn more about the Five-Star Quality Rating System.

The federal government takes the following information into consideration when scoring a nursing home:

Health Inspections

  • The three most recent health inspections prior to implementation of the new Long-term Care Survey
  • Any citations or complaints reported in the last three years
  • Points are based on the severity of the citation
  • The bottom 20 percent get a 1-star rating
  • National Fire Protection Association requirements
  • Risk Assessment
  • Policies and Procedures during an emergency
  • Communication plan
  • Training and testing program

Staffing

  • Ratio of nursing home staff hours to residents
  • Staff includes RNs, nurse aides, and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs)
  • A one-to-five rating is assigned based on a percentile-based method

Quality of resident care

  • 16 quality measures (QMs, based on the percentage of residents affected)
  • Long-stay measures
  • Decline in independence or movement
  • Increased need for help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • High-risk for pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Catheter inserted within the last week
  • Physically restrained residents
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Report moderate to severe pain
  • Falls
  • Antipsychotic medication use
  • Physical function improves
  • New or worsened pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Report moderate to severe pain
  • Newly on anti-psychotic medication
  • Re-hospitalized after nursing home admission
  • Outpatient emergency room visit
  • Successful discharges into the community
  • Clinical data reported by nursing home
  • Four most recent quarters of available data are used
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