How Does the Rating System for Arizona Assisted Living Facilities Work?

If you’ve been looking for assisted living facilities in Gilbert, Arizona, for a while now, you have probably noticed the system that is used to rate and give more information about each facility. It seems reliable and informative enough, but do you know what those stars actually mean? How are they determined? Who decides how many stars an assisted living facility earns? When working with senior placement organizations in Gilbert, Arizona, like Integrity Senior Placement, you’ll probably notice the rating system a lot. Keep reading to gain a better understanding of this and the kinds of facilities that would be a good fit for you or your loved one.

The rating system for assisted living and other care facilities was developed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. This was done to help consumers, families, and caregivers compare nursing homes easily and better understand the quality of each one. Each facility is given a rating of one to five stars. Facilities with five stars are above average quality while one star facilities are below average.

One general rating is given for the facility as a whole and then there are individual ratings for three aspects of the facility: health inspections, staffing, and quality measures.

To determine the health inspection rating, data is reviewed from the last three years of on-site inspections. This data is obtained by people who visit each facility and follow specific guidelines to determine if the facility meets the quality requirements. These requirements are determined by the Center of Medicare if the facility is Medicare-approved.

The rating for staffing takes into account the staff to resident ratio. It also includes the level of care that is needed by the residents of the facility. Hospices and nursing homes, which have high care needs, are expected to have more skilled nursing staff than places with less intense needs, like assisted living facilities. It also includes how many hours of care each resident receives each day.

The last part of the score is quality measures. Each facility is rated on several physical and clinical aspects. It measures aspects such as how quickly an agency can begin care, how residents and patients improve in this facility, how many trips to emergency rooms and hospitals occur, and changes in residents’ mobility. This rating shows how well a facility cares for its residents’ needs in a physical sense.

It is helpful to know that the federal government does not audit or license assisted living facilities. This is done by individual state government agencies, who are also responsible for oversight of such facilities.

While this information is crucial and helpful when it comes to finding an assisted living facility in Gilbert, AZ, it is not the only information to look at. Some other factors that may affect satisfaction and quality of assisted living facilities include quality of life, legal actions taken against the facility (if any), citations, if it is for profit or not for profit, the facility’s licensure, and types of services the facility can offer.

Understanding the rating system and the factors that are measured can make your assisted living facility search much easier. This search can also be made easier by working with Gilbert, Arizona based senior placement companies like Integrity Senior Placement. This way, finding an assisted living facility that suits your needs can be a much easier process.

What People Are Saying

  • Integrity Placement exceeded our expectations. We called with an urgent need to relocate our 88 year old mother with advanced Parkinson’s disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and a heart condition to a safe, capable and conducive environment. Having changed ownership and management, her then current facility had dramatically declined, replaced administration with unethical leadership, and become an elder-care warehouse. David listened to our list of needs, our experiences, and our hopes. Within a week Integrity Placement had researched potential fits, contacted AND prepared several to address our needs, guided us through on-site reviews, and helped us walk through the decision process. Every alternative we visited was exceptional and prepared to address our specific financial and medical needs. We found a match a could not be happier or more relieved.

    - Steven F( Phoenix Arizona, Memory Care Placement )
  • Reina is truly our guardian angel. Fortunately, she was referred to me to help find a placement for my brother who was being discharged from a north Scottsdale facility at a moments notice. Having to deal with a facility and insurance who don’t have your loved ones best interest at heart is maddening. I was panicked. Reina calmed my fears and was instrumental in finding a wonderful placement for Joe. She stayed connected with me during the entire process and continues to be a part of our lives. I appreciate her and the value of Integrity Placement and know this transition went as smoothly as it did because of Reina. Her dedication to her clients and families, her knowledge, honesty, patience, and professionalism are truly incredible. I can’t thank Reina enough for how much she helped our family.

    - Colleen D( North Scottsdale, Arizona Senior Placement )
  • The folks at Integrity Placement can be described in one word – AMAZING! They made an extremely difficult and overwhelming situation very easy for our family. We had to place our mom in an assisted living situation very quickly. Both David and Reina were awesome – extremely responsive and compassionate. David helped us find a place that is a wonderful new home for our mom. We would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone!!

    - Toni M( Phoenix, AZ Assisted Living Placement )
  • Reina from Integrity Placement was excellent in guiding us through the process of appropriately placing our loved one in assisted living. She worked closely with the centers we toured, was punctual and valued our time commitments. Throughout this process she was efficient, accessible and professional. She truly cares about her clients and is very supportive. Thank you Reina!

    - Jeannie C.( Scottsdale, AZ Senior Assisted Living Placement )
  • David is amazing to work with. He made a huge difference in a very difficult time for our family. We were amazed at his efficiency in finding options for care homes and couldn’t have found such a wonderful option without his guidance. But most of all, his kindness and warmth was everything to us. We will remain forever grateful.

    - Anna & Jeff K( Phoenix, Arizona Assisted Living Placement )