Windemere ranks high in nationwide survey of nursing homes

The Windemere Nursing Home in Oak Bluffs. — Photo by Nelson Sigelman

Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs was ranked among the best in Massachusetts, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are 415 nursing homes in the Bay State, according to the magazine, and 80 of them received 4.5 stars or better in a recent survey. Only 2,005 facilities in the entire country achieved that score.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) assigns an overall rating of one to five stars to nursing homes according to their performance in three domains — state-conducted health inspections, nurse staffing, and medical quality measures.

This year U.S. News took the CMS ratings and applied their own, more rigorous analysis to the data in an attempt to hold the nursing homes to an even higher standard.

The U.S. News survey characterizes the Oak Bluffs facility this way: “Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is rated 4.7 stars overall. It is a moderate [-size] facility with 86 beds, and has nonprofit, corporate ownership. [It] is not part of a continuing care retirement community. It participates in Medicare and Medicaid.”

Windemere received four out of five stars in the category “Health Inspections and Complaints,” 4.7 out of five stars for its staffing, and 4.6 out of five stars for its “Medical Care Quality Measures.” It has not been fined or denied payment in the past three years.