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U.S. News & World Report Names Bethel Health Care Center a 2020-21 Best Nursing Home


Bethel Health Care Center is among the top U.S. skilled nursing facilities recognized as a 2020-21 Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report. The Center earned the distinction of Best Nursing Home by achieving a rating of “High-Performing,” the highest possible rating for Short-Term Rehabilitation. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the exemplary performance of our team members,” said Marvin Ostreicher, president of National Health Care Associates, an affiliate of Bethel Health Care Center. “Our team works tirelessly to provide quality, compassionate care to our residents and keeping safety as our highest priority.”

Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

“We are proud to be recognized for the high-quality services and care that we deliver to our residents every day, said Rich DeMio, administrator at Bethel Health Care Center. “Our team of dedicated clinicians and professionals have risen to meet unprecedented challenges this year, and this distinction attests to their commitment and care for our residents and families.”

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality of care provided by nursing homes. The rating includes data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.

For more information about U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ranking, visit U.S. News 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes.

 

NHCA Sponsors The Essential Race


National Health Care and our affiliate Centers Bethel Health Care, The Cascades Assisted Living, Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation, Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation and Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation are proud to be a Race Sponsor for The Essential Race.

First Light Home Care has organized a “Virtual Walk/Race” from 9/3/2020 to 9/20/2020.

“The Essential Race will be donating proceeds to support Essential Workers within the Nuvance Health Emergency Departments who have gone through high levels of stress and trauma. From the Nurses who helped their patients say goodbyes to their families over zoom to the Doctors who pushed themselves to the brink of exhaustion working non-stop, Covid has drained many people emotionally as well as physically. The Essential Race will donate funds to help restore the mental health and wellbeing of our Essential Workers.”

All info to register and details can be found on the website: www.theessentialrace.com. To Join our Team and walk or run with us, contact the Admissions Office at our Center.

More about The Essential Race – The Essential Race will offer Runners 5 different options: a 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run, ½ Marathon, and a 1 Mile Swim. The Essential Race will take place over a 17-day period beginning September 3rd and ending Sept 20th. The longer time span to compete provides a larger window so that more people can participate.

Keeping Our Residents Safe and Connected

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the lives of many, ushering fear, loss, and anxiety. Yet, amidst its impact, a light of hope has shined through healthcare heroes everywhere, whose untiring efforts have helped to keep us safe.

Though significantly affected by this pandemic, the nursing home industry and our healthcare heroes remain ever vigilant, employing a number of safety measures to ensure the well-being of those in our care.

Below are some of the measures our industry has taken to keep you or your loved ones safe at skilled nursing care facilities (SNF) and assisted living communities (ALF):

  • Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities adopted careful infection prevention and hygiene procedures such as handwashing, cough etiquette, the appropriate wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), environmental cleaning, and disinfecting and reprocessing medical equipment.
  • Many skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, adopted technological solutions to communicate with resident families and responsible parties, including virtual visits on their loved one’s health status using apps like facetime and web conference tools.
  • In May, all Connecticut nursing homes completed point-prevalence testing on all of its residents. Testing entailed a swab of every patient in the nursing home at that given time. Once results came back, this allowed non-symptomatic positive residents to be identified and placed into the appropriate area of the facilities. Once we could identify those infected in the facility and use the appropriate placement and precautions, getting rid of the virus became much more possible.
  • In May, the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced requirements for all nursing homes to make an observation unit for new admissions. All new patients admitted to an SNF are placed into a private room with appropriate precautions and treated as suspected COVID-19 for 14 days, even if they have never had symptoms or a positive test. After the 14 days, the patient deemed “negative” for COVID-19 can be moved to another unit if they remain in the facility long term or go to a unit that is kept for patients that are negative for the virus.
  • SNFs continue to designate positive COVID units, COVID negative units, and “unknown” or observation units to prevent further spreading of the virus. Each unit requires staff to follow specific PPE guidance, including the type of facemask, face shields, and gowns used.
  • Weekly staff testing was started in June by DPH. DPH assigned several laboratory partners for weekly staff testing of all nursing home and assisted living employees. This weekly testing continues until no resident cases are in the facility, and no employee tests come back positive for two consecutive weeks. If a positive case does get newly confirmed, weekly testing re-starts.
  • Technology has helped with facilitating both physician visits to patients but just as important – family visits. As an industry, we have utilized iPads, cell phones, and apps to connect families to their loved ones.
  • In May, DPH gave guidance regarding visitation. Patients that are COVID-negative can have social distance window visits or outdoor visits with their family members. COVID-positive patients and patients suspected of possibly having the virus will continue virtual visits with family until they have fully recovered from the virus. Patients under their 14-day observation can do window visits if the placement of their room allows for appropriate access.
  • All patients and residents continue to be screened and monitored for symptoms of COVID-19. Any change in condition is documented and reported to the appropriate governing body.
  • Staff continues to get in-servicing and training on infection control, the latest DPH, and CDC guidance and monitoring of the situation.

If you or a family member may need the level of care offered by a skilled nursing facility or assisted living that cannot be provided at home, we hope this gives you some comfort on what we are doing to keep you or your loved one as safe as possible. Our goal is always to provide the best care and service to all of our residents, patients and families.

 

Resources:

If you have any questions specific to some of the Department of Public Health Guidance listed above, you can visit their website at: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Nursing-Homes-and-Assisted-Living-Facilities

If you have questions in regards to what National Health Care Facilities like Bethel Health Care and Cascades Assisted Living are doing in regards to the COVID-19, you can visit our website https://bethelhealthcare.com/covid-19/ or https://cascadesassistedliving.com/covid-19/ or call our Admissions Department at 203-830-4180.

BETHEL, CT – December 3, 2019 – Bethel Health Care Center is among the 19% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.

The center earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for Short-Term Rehabilitation. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those homes that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

“It is exciting that our center was nationally recognized for efforts in improving the lives of those in their care,” said Marvin Ostreicher, president of National Health Care Associates, the parent company of Bethel Health Care Center. “Our team works tirelessly to provide quality care, with compassion to our patients and residents, as well as their families. It is an honor to be recognized for the care and customer service we provide.”

Now in its 10th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing, and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes.

“The U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings hone in on measurements like emergency room visits, quality of staff and proper distribution of medical and physical therapy to help families make an informed decision,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “These ratings help individuals and their families begin their search for senior care and should be used in consultation with a medical professional and in-depth on-site visits.”

For a complete listing of the results and centers on the Best Nursing Homes list, visit U.S. News & World Report.

Bethel Health Care Center and the Cascades Assisted Living Community will host an educational seminar for the public for preserving assets and independence as you age. Elder Law attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy, R.N., M.S.N. of Danbury will address using trusts, annuities and more to qualify for valuable benefits, including:

  • VA Aid & Attendance cash pension up to $2,169/month;
  • CT Pilot Program benefits to pay toward assisted living;
  • Medicaid (Title XIX) home care and nursing home care; and
  • Tax deduction of care costs by higher-income family member.

Over-asset?  Over-income?  Qualify for valuable benefits by holding assets in trusts or annuities, and by offsetting “excess” income with costs of care.   Leverage your financial resources with State and VA benefits to reduce your out-of-pocket cost of care.  Enable large income tax deductions by a family member to produce additional funds for you.  By preserving assets, you can protect your independence and afford your lifestyle longer.

Let the experts protect you.

For over 50 years combined, Attorneys Tom and Michele Murphy have helped countless seniors who thought they couldn’t qualify for benefits.  They comprehensively assess each client’s individual needs and holistically customize the best combination of strategies to achieve your goals.  They both also are accredited attorneys with Veterans Affairs.  Put their expertise to work protecting you!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:00 PM light fare, 6:30 presentation

Bethel Health Care & The Cascades Assisted Living, 13 Parklawn Drive, Bethel, CT

Put the law to work protecting you and your family

For more information and to RSVP to this limited seating program, contact Julie A. Brown, Director of Community Outreach at (203) 830-4180 ext. 365 or Julie.Brown@nathealthcare.com

 

Join us for a free seminar and Q&A about pain management with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Antonio Paz of Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut. You will learn about hip and knee replacements and if they are right for you as well as interventional pain management and much more.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Heritage Center in Redding (37 Lonetown Road). There will be a complimentary lunch included. Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 12th to Ruth Moran, the Heritage Center, (203) 938-9725.

 

Join us for a free seminar and Q&A about pain management with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Antonio Paz of Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut. You will learn about hip and knee replacements and if they are right for you as well as interventional pain management and much more.

There will be a complimentary dinner included. Please RSVP by Friday, December 1st.

RSVP to Julie A. Brown, Community Outreach & Admissions Coordinator. 
Email: julie.brown@nathealthcare.com
T: (203) 312-3441

Click flyer below for more information:

Pain Management Flyer

Join Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of Orthopaedic Specialists, for an educational Q&A session on “Joint Replacement.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Host: Bethel Senior Center
1 School St., Bethel

  • How do you know when it’s time?
  • Is joint replacement right for you?
  • What to expect after surgery.
  • What to expect from your Rehab Center.
  • What to expect when you go home.

Dr. Gupta will answer these questions and many more.

  • 12:00 pm: Lunch – provided by Bethel Health Care Center
  • 12:30 pm: Presentation with Q& A from Dr. Gupta

Click flyer below for more information:

Bethel -Dr Gupta Ortho presentation – Bethel senior center

Come eat dinner and listen to a presentation by a probate judge and local district attorneys about how to protect your assets, minimize taxes, and avoid loss of control! It’s never too early to start planning!