Best and Worst Rated Georgia Nursing Homes

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2019: List of the best and worst nursing homes around 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 Georgia city below for a list of all the 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 on April 25, 2018.

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

Health Inspections

  • The two most recent health inspections prior to implementation of the new Long-term Care Survey
  • Any citations or complaints reported in the last two 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


  • 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

1. Decline in independence or movement
2. Increased need for help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
3. High-risk for pressure ulcers (bedsores)
4. Catheter inserted within the last week
5. Physically restrained residents
6. Urinary tract infection
7. Report moderate to severe pain
8. Falls
9. Antipsychotic medication use

  • Short-stay measures

10. Physical function improves
11. New or worsened pressure ulcers (bedsores)
12. Report moderate to severe pain
13. Newly on anti-psychotic medication
14. Re-hospitalized after nursing home admission
15. Outpatient emergency room visit
16. Successful discharges into the community

  • Clinical data reported by nursing home
  • Four most recent quarters of available data are used
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