A four-out-of-five star rating ranks The Lafayette as one of the top rehabilitation and long term care facilities in Massachusetts, an accomplishment we're proud of—and we are always looking to improve upon that rating. The quality rating system comes from three metrics that we're evaluated on: 1) health inspections (which are performed by federal or state officials and are not announced in advance), 2) staffing levels (how many health care professionals are staffed to meet the needs of our residents), and 3) "Quality Measures".
Because we are part of the Medicare program, we regularly collect assessment information on all residents using a form called the Minimum Data Set. The information collected includes the residents' health, physical functioning, mental status, and general well-being. We take it upon ourselves to report this information to the U.S. government's Medicare program.
Medicare uses some of this information to measure the quality of certain aspects of nursing home care, like whether residents have gotten their flu shots, are in pain, or are losing weight. These measures of care are called "quality measures." Medicare posts each nursing home's scores for these quality measures on the Web site Nursing Home Compare. By comparing scores, people who are considering rehabilitation at a facility—or families who may decide to place a loved one in a long term care facility—can evaluate how facilities compare with one another.
We welcome that comparison, and feel it is a good thing for the overall quality of life of the elderly in general, and rehabilitation patients in particular. And, it helps underscore how hard we work to keep The Lafayette as one of the premier rehabilitation and long term care facilities in Massachusetts.