Medicare.gov provides health care provider reviews, tips and tools through its “Care Compare” website. Families may use the site’s data to compare and review nursing homes.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that an association exists between the care residents receive and the rate at which a facility’s staffing changes. The Huntington Daily News reports that CMS researchers discovered facilities with a higher overall quality rating had a lower employee turnover.
Interpreting a facility’s nurse turnover rate
Before deciding on a residential care facility, you could read online reviews about its quality and employee turnover. You may also visit the https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/#search page, insert the names of potential nursing homes and then click on “View Staffing Information.” The results detail each facility’s weekend staffing and disclose information about nursing staff turnover rates.
The nurse turnover rate reveals the percentage of a facility’s nursing staff that stopped working within a year-long time frame. A higher number makes it more likely that a facility receives lower ratings for its care. With lower nursing turnover and a higher quality rating, residents are more likely to receive a greater degree of personal attention.
Reviewing a nursing home’s administration turnover rate
The Care Compare tools also disclose how often a facility’s administrators change. As organizational leaders, they manage the day-to-day operations. Administrators also provide nurses and health care staff with stability and support. With a strong support system, health care workers could provide patients with better care.
Nursing homes and residential care facilities may receive quality ratings between one and five stars. As noted by the CMS, a facility’s high staff turnover often indicates a facility’s lower standard of care. Patients and families may wish to consider reviewing information about various facilities and their turnover rate before making a decision.