Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill is among the 13% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities which have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report. This ranking combines comprehensive information about care, COVID-19 vaccination requirements for residents and staff, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates and infection control violations.

“Our staff work hard each and every day, despite challenging conditions like COVID-19 pandemic, to provide the best care for our residents,” Carl Tarbell, executive director, said. “This recognition reinforces their efforts and reassures residents and families they’re receiving the highest quality care and services. I can’t thank our team enough for what they do day in and day out, knowing they may be facing difficulties outside of work but bring their full heart to Masonic Village.”

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill has earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term CareU.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.

“You have entertainment here. You don’t have to go out for it. It’s comfortable. It’s nice that you don’t have to do anything. The place is really lovely. That’s why I like living here,” Elaine Cohen, a resident in the personal care area (shown above with Shevelle Williams, CNA), said. “And getting the attention you get. That’s important.”

This year’s methodology includes an emphasis on homes meeting certain standards of patient safety  including a minimum threshold for the staff COVID-19 vaccination rate, overuse of antipsychotic drugs and frequent visits to the emergency department, among other criteria.  The ratings  also include data on staffing, success in preventing ER visits and pneumonia vaccination rates, among other metrics. Out of 13,175 nursing homes that received a Long-Term Care Rating, 1,063 were designated as High-Performing. The Short-Term Care Rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls. For 2021-22, 13,500 facilities received a Short-Term Rating, while only 1,651 homes earned a High-Performing Rating.