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Posted 01/13/2021

Maryland Communities Recognized U.S. News & World Report as Best Nursing Home for 2020-21

Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland’s communities, Carroll Lutheran Village and Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, are among the top tier of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

Both communities earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving highest rating of “High Performing,” for short-term rehabilitation. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home to homes that satisfy its assessment of appropriate use of key services and consistent quality performance.

"We are very pleased for this recognition," stated LSMMD’s President and CEO Jeff Branch. "Based on the positive feedback we routinely receive from residents, families and outpatient patients, we know we have a great team of physical, occupational and speech therapists who are providing a quality experience and highly developed care."

The communities create customized recovery plans and work with individuals on recovering as quickly as possible and to the best of their ability. Rehabilitation services include aquatic therapy, cognitive memory enhancement, home safety, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG & Loud® program, post-surgical rehabilitation, physical, occupational and speech therapy and more.

Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. The Best Nursing Homes ratings reflect U.S. News’ exclusive analysis of publicly available data using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that it has determined most greatly impact patient and resident care, safety, and outcomes. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both short and long-term care. The short-term rating incorporates measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls.

Established in 2018, Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland provides strategic growth, vision, management and resources to its continuing care retirement communities, enabling the communities to improve operational efficiencies, quality of care and services, attract a new generation of residents and team members and prepare for future growth and industry changes. LSMMD is a ministry of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and News USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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