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:

Ivy Hall Nursing Center – Elizabethton, TN

Applachian Christian Village – Johnson City, TN

Clinch Valley Medical Center – Richlands, VA

The list of nursing homes receiving the worst ratings is much longer and includes:

NHC Healthcare – Bristol, VA

Greystone Health Care Center – Blountville, TN

Grace Healthcare of Abingdon – Abingdon, VA

The Wexford House – Kingsport, TN

Life Care Center of Elizabethton – Elizabethton, TN

Hermitage Health Center – Elizabethton, TN

Brookhaven Manor – Kingsport, TN

Brian Center Health and Rehab/Scott County – Weber City, VA

Asbury Place at Johnson City – Johnson City, TN

Christian Care Center of Johnson City – Johnson City, TN

Valley Health Care Center – Chilhowie, VA

Ridgecrest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation – Duffield, VA

Erwin Health Care Center – Erwin, TN

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.