Friendship Manor of St. Elmo recently received a five-star overall rating by Nursing Home Compare, a website within the medicare.gov website.
The star ratings are given to each nursing home facility, based on their ratings in four categories: health inspections, staffing, quality ratings and overall rating. One star indicates “much below average,” two stars means “below average,” three stars is “average,” four stars is “above average,” and five stars means “much above average.”
Friendship Manor received four stars in both the health inspections and staffing areas, indicating “above average,” and five stars in quality rating and overall rating.
Charles Hutson, administer of Friendship Manor, said that he is pleased with the ratings. “We try very hard to give the best care all the time, whether we get gold stars or not,” he said. “We’re not perfect in all that we do, but I do guarantee that we try hard all the time to meet each patient’s needs. And most of all, we try to keep them as happy and comfortable as possible.
“It’s nice to be recognized once in a while for doing a good job. I’ll pass on all the credit to my staff for the good, caring work they do. It’s not an easy job, and it takes devoted and caring people to come in day after day and measure up to the government’s standards for a five-star rating. They are good people, and they deserve to be congratulated.”
The ratings can be seen on medicare.gov or nursinghomecompare.gov.