Windemere rated one of the best nursing homes in the nation


The Island’s only nursing home, Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, was named one of the best nursing homes in the country for 2012, by U.S. News and World Report, Windemere administrator Ken Chisholm reported at the annual meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board on May 26.

News and World chose 39 nursing homes across the country out of more than 15,500 considered. The designations were based on four straight quarters of perfect five-star ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in three categories: health inspection, nurse staffing, and quality of care.

Windemere offers short-term rehabilitation, independent living accommodations, and long-term care, with specialized programs for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The facility includes a 21-bed dementia care unit, 40-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation unit, and a 13-bed residential living wing. At the moment, three spaces are open at the facility, though often there are no open rooms.

“I think that we have a great little system of care,” Mr. Chisholm told The Times. “We have access to the hospital, an outstanding recreation program which offers biking, swimming at the Y, and we make wishes come true, both big and little.”

Mr. Chisholm said the recreation program enabled a 91-year-old resident who is sight-impaired to go horseback riding. Another resident, age 96, was able to fly in a biplane with her daughter, he said.

“The mission of Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is to provide compassionate and exceptional quality care to meet the individual needs of our residents,” according to a press release from the board of trustees.