Veterans' Home wins recognition for care

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BENNINGTON — The Vermont Veterans' Home has been named one of America's Best for Extended Care by the Women's Choice Award, a referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that The Vermont Veterans' Home has been designated as one of approximately 1,000 extended-care facilities out of over 15,000 across the nation.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 70 percent of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. The Women's Choice Award helps individuals and families make educated decisions about where to find the best care by evaluating results from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services five-star rating system. The methodology for the award is unique in that it also assesses primary research about women's healthcare preferences.

America's Best for Extended Care are Medicare certified and have received four or five star ratings in the following four categories and must have a combined total of at least 18 stars to be chosen. The CMS rating categories are general staffing, registered nurse staffing, quality rating, and inspection survey rating.

Award-winning facilities must have at least 25 residents, Medicare certification, and no recent history of penalties or fines.

Approximately 1.4 million American seniors live in elder care facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We at the Vermont Veterans' Home are extremely pleased to earn the Best Extended Care Facility designation. Our staff is the 'best,' and this award reflects their collective efforts; they honor and care for our veterans as if they are members of their own family," said Melissa Jackson, chief executive officer of the Vermont Veterans' Home.

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