Rice Care Center Earns 5-Star Rating from Medicare/Medicaid

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Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites have earned a 5-star rating from “Nursing Home Compare,” an online tool from Medicare/Medicaid that allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes.

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Troy Barrick

“We’re very proud of the 5-star ranking,” said Troy Barrick, Administrator of Rice Care. “Our entire staff has done a lot of hard work to achieve it.”

According to Medicare’s web site, nursing homes are rated based on three factors: health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. A star rating is provided for each of these three sources in case some factors carry more weight than others for researchers. These ratings are then combined to calculate an overall rating.The online tool is available at www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare. Researchers simply enter a zip code or city and state to compare nursing homes nationwide.

Rice Memorial Hospital opened its award-winning Therapy Suites rehabilitation facility in 2010. These short-stay suites were designed for people requiring follow-up care and rehabilitation after a hospital stay or surgery. The private suites look and feel like a 4-star hotel room, and even share some of the same amenities. Residents find a terry bath robe hanging in their closet, a Tempur-Pedic label on their mattress, a vinyl-bound book of services sitting on their desk, and a breakfast bar in the common area. “Many times, residents joke about not wanting to go home,” said Barrick.

In 2012, Therapy Suites was awarded a national Citation of Merit from the Environments for Aging’s Designer Showcase. This award honors the top four exemplary environments for aging in the nation.

Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites are also the only nursing home/therapy facility in Minnesota to offer the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Designed using NASA technology, the AlterG allows patients to run and walk without bearing their entire weight, which reduces the impact on the body. As a result, people can find exactly where the pain stops and natural movement feels good again. This technology can help maximize physical therapy outcomes.

Currently, the long term care facility at Rice Care Center is undergoing an extensive $6 million expansion and remodeling project which will include 41 private rooms and 7 semiprivate rooms. The facility is being designed based on a “Household Model” which features separate “neighborhoods” with private entrances, smaller gathering spaces within those neighborhoods, and larger spaces for meals and community activities.

Started in October 2012, the expansion project will be completed in three phases – first the east wing, then the west wing, then the common areas – and is expected to be completed in 2015.

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