The information might be important if you are trying to decide where to place a loved one who can no longer care for himself/herself at home. But how can you determine which nursing home is the best? If this issue is important to you, you job just got a lot easier.

The answer is provided by a new “5-Star Quality Rating System” provided by Medicare. The Five-Star System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.

The nursing homes receiving the best ratings include:

Bedford County Nursing Home – Bedford, VA

Summitt Health and Rehabilitation Center – Lynchburg, VA

Westminister-Canterbury – Lynchburg, VA

Autumn Care of Altavista – Altavista, VA

South Roanoke Nursing Home – Roanoke, VA

Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Roanoke, VA

Snyder Nursing Home – Salem, VA

Benjamin Borden Health Center – Lexington, VA

The nursing homes receiving the worst ratings include:

Lynchburg Health and Rehabilitation Center – Lynchburg, VA

Virginia Baptist Hospital – Lynchburg, VA

The Carrington – Lynchburg, VA

Medical Care Center – Lynchburg, VA

Berkshire Health and Rehabilitation Center – Vinton, VA

Grace Lodge – Lynchburg, VA

Carrington Place at Botetourt Commons – Daleville, VA

Friendship Health and Rehabilitation Center – Roanoke, VA

Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Center – Fincastle, VA

Avante at Roanoke – Roanoke, VA

Raleigh Court Healthcare Center – Roanoke, VA

Pheasant Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Roanoke, VA

Virginia Veterans Care Center – Salem, VA

Gretna Health and Rehabilitation Center – Gretna, VA

Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center – Salem, VA

Golden Livingcenter Shenandoah Valley – Buena Vista, VA

Brian Center Nursing Care/Alleghany – Low Moor, VA

My Take: Be an informed consumer of health care and do your loved one a favor….check out the nursing home BEFORE you decide what is best for a family member.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.