Five- and Four-Star Nursing Homes

A government survey looks for the best

Selecting a nursing home is an issue that many people face a lot earlier in life than they might have expected – quite often with concern for a relative or friend. It is a difficult decision that balances quality concerns with cost realities. Listed here are the area’s top nursing homes as determined by an analysis for Medicare.Gov, described as the “U.S. government’s official website for Medicare.” Nursing homes with 5- and 4-star ratings are judged to be the overall best.

*Note: All of the facilities listed here accept Medicare. There are some well-established and respected facilities in this area with nursing home components (such as Poydras Home, Lambeth House and St. Anna’s Residence, all Uptown) that don’t accept government payments, thus wouldn’t be eligible for analysis in preparing this list, yet are respected. We urge those faced with nursing home decisions to consider the many options before making their final decisions.

 

 5-Star Nursing Homes
(Within 50 miles of New Orleans)

Christwood
100 Christwood Blvd., Covington, LA 70433, (985) 898-0515, ChristwoodRC.com
*****: Health Inspection
****: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare
No. of Certified Beds: 30
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 07/22/1996
A continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

Good Samaritan Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
6400 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126, 246-7900
*****: Health Inspection
*: Nursing Home Staffing
**: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 200
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 01/18/1996
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
Both resident and family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

*Riverlands Community Care Center
1980 River Road, Lutcher, LA 70071, (225) 869-5725
*****: Health Inspection
****: Nursing Home Staffing
****: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 116
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 12/01/1994
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Both resident and family councils.
A multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

*Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home
4080 West Airline Highway, Reserve, LA 70084, (985) 651-2762 selwvh.com
*****: Health Inspection
N/A “Not enough data available to calculate a star rating”: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare
No. of Certified Beds: 31
Type of Ownership: Government/State
Initial date of certification: 01/18/1996
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

St. Luke’s Living Center
4301 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131, 378-5050, StLukeNO.com
*****: Health Inspection
***: Nursing Home Staffing
**: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 104
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 12/10/2009
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Both resident and family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

West Jefferson Health Care Center
1020 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058, 362-2020, wjmc.org
****: Health Inspection
**: Nursing Home Staffing
*****: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 104
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 06/14/2003
Not a continuing care retirement community.
No resident or family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

WORTH NOTING BUT INCOMPLETE DATA

Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family
6900 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, LA 70126, 241-6285, LafonNursing.org
*****: Health Inspection
****: Nursing Home Staffing
N/A “Not enough data available to calculate a star rating”: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 155
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 01/22/2010
Not a continuing care retirement community.

4-Star Nursing Homes
(Within 50 miles of New Orleans)

Covenant Home
5919 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 897-6216
****: Health Inspection
**: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 96
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Church-related
Initial date of certification: 11/20/2004.
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Both resident and family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

*Jo Ellen Smith Living Center
4502 General Meyers Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70131
361-7923
JoEllenSmithLivingCenter.com
****: Health Inspection
**: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 180
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 08/19/1986
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
A multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

Lacombe Nursing Center
28119 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445, (985) 882-5417, LacombeCare.com
***: Health Inspection
****: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 98
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 10/01/1995
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

Metairie HealthCare Center
6401 Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA 70003
885-8611
****: Health Inspection
****: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 202
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 07/14/1993
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

*Ochsner Foundation Hospital SNF
(Skilled Nursing Facility)
1221 South Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121, 736-4949, Ochsner.org
****: Health Inspection
****: Nursing Home Staffing
****: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare
No. of Certified Beds: 38
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 01/24/1985
Not a continuing care retirement community.
No resident or family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.
Located in a hospital.

St. Margaret’s Daughters Home
3419 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117, 279-6414, StMargaretsNO.org
*****: Health Inspection
*: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare & Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 112
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 10/01/1997
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Both resident and family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

Trinity Neurologic Rehabilitation Center
1400 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, LA 70458, (985) 641-4985
****: Health Inspection
***: Nursing Home Staffing
***: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 110
Type of Ownership: For-profit/Corporation (“The nursing home has had a change of owner in the past 12 months”)
Initial date of certification: 01/15/1985
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Resident councils only.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

West Jefferson Medical Center Subacute
1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072, 349-1111, wjmc.org
*****: Health Inspection
*****: Nursing Home Staffing
*: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare
No. of Certified Beds: 22
Type of Ownership: Government/Hospital district
Initial date of certification: 01/09/1995
Not a continuing care retirement community.
No resident or family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.
Located in a hospital.

Wynhoven Health Care Center
1050 Medical Center, Marrero, LA 70072, 347-0777, Wynhoven.org
*****: Health Inspection
***: Nursing Home Staffing
*: Quality Measures
Program Participation: Medicare and Medicaid
No. of Certified Beds: 188
Type of Ownership: Nonprofit/Corporation
Initial date of certification: 01/22/1987
Not a continuing care retirement community.
Both resident and family councils.
Not a multi-nursing home (chain) ownership.

Information on methodology
An asterisk (*) in front of a name signifies “The health survey was performed using the Quality Indicator Survey process: The Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) process and the traditional standard survey are the two types of surveys approved to determine compliance with Medicare/Medicaid requirements. The QIS uses a structured review of the medical records and direct observations of the care of larger samples of residents to derive rates for a comprehensive set of Quality of Care Indicators (QCIs). Surveyors then investigate care areas that have been triggered for review by the QCIs. The QIS process is being pilot tested in several states.”

Health Inspections: Lists the health requirements that the nursing home failed to meet in the last three years.

Nursing Home Staffing: Information comes from data that the nursing home reports to its state agency. It contains the nursing home staffing hours for a two-week period prior to the time of the state inspection. CMS receives this data and converts it into the number of staff hours per resident per day.

Quality Measures: Information comes from data that the nursing homes regularly report on all residents. It includes aspects of residents’ health, physical functioning, mental status and general well-being.

Source: Medicare.gov

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