Piper Shores Earns Highest Quality Rating from First Ever Medicare & Medicaid Survey

posted on January 5th, 2009 in Category: Awards & Recognition

Piper Shores, Maine’s first and only nonprofit lifecare retirement community, today announced that it received a 5-Star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which recently ranked more than 15,800 nursing homes throughout the United States. The ratings, from 1 to 5 Stars, were based on health inspection surveys, staffing information and several quality of care measures reported to the agency.

In an earlier press release, CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems said “Our goal in developing this unprecedented quality rating system is to provide families a straightforward assessment of nursing home quality, with meaningful distinctions between high and low performing homes. The new information will also help consumers and families identify important questions to ask nursing homes and challenge nursing homes to improve their quality of care.”

The ratings, which plan to be updated monthly, can be found at the Medicare website. In this first round of quality ratings, only 12 percent of the nation’s nursing homes received a full five star rating. The ratings were based on how well homes scored on staffing and on 10 quality measures, including how homes responded to a patient’s declining mobility, high-risk pressure ulcers (bed sores) and pain. According to the report, Maine had one of the highest percentages of 5-Star nursing care communities in the country with nearly one in four receiving the highest rating.

“We are very pleased that Holbrook is ranked alongside some of the very best skilled nursing care communities in the country,” said Deb Riddel, executive director at Piper Shores. “The entire staff of Piper Shores and Holbrook Health Center should be very proud of this achievement. It is only through their hard work and dedication to quality care that we are able to achieve this high honor.”

About Piper Shores
Piper Shores, the first CARF-CCAC accredited community in Maine, is also the only nonprofit lifecare retirement community in the state. Built in 2001 in a style that complements Maine’s architectural heritage, Piper Shores is located on 138 acres of beautiful oceanfront property, situated between Higgins Beach and historic Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine. Piper Shores is an innovative retirement community that promotes the long-term wellbeing of its residents through a continuum of activities and lifecare services. Piper Shores residents enjoy active, independent lifestyles with guaranteed priority access to on-site assisted living and skilled nursing care, whenever they may need it.

Piper Shores is owned by Maine Life Care Retirement Community, Inc., a Maine nonprofit organization, formed by a group of accomplished local individuals to deliver the shared vision of creating an ideal retirement community on the coast of Maine.

For more information, visit http://www.pipershores.com or call 207-883-8700.