34 NJ Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities Named among the Best in Nation
Caring.com has recognized 34 Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care communities in New Jersey among 805 nationwide for delivering the best quality care to patients.
There are 15-thousand such facilities in the United States, according to Andy Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of caring.com, a leading senior care website with 2.5 million unique visitors monthly.
The website decides which facilities to include and honor as "Caring Stars" by soliciting online reviews from patients, family caregivers and industry experts. The annual "Caring Stars" list launched in 2012 to help family caregivers of older adults narrow their senior living options.
The quality of staff rank high among importance, based on the reviews.
"There could be a brand-spanking new building with a beautiful lobby, and if the staff is not happy or they're turning over, they're not going to be able to take care of your mom or dad," said Cohen.
Information from the reviews is instrumental in helping people know what types of questions they should be asking when touring facilities. Cohen suggested seeking a place where the staff has been there a long time and asking about the staff to patient ratio and background checks.
"That's really the number one thing that delivers quality care, is a caring, loving staff," he said.
Cohen also advised visiting at least four facilities and not waiting until there's a crisis because many of them having a waiting list.
Photos, reviews, price and other key information about the various assisted living facilities can be found at caring.com.
"We don't recommend any places. We just try to provide consumers with complete information and then they can make the decision," added Cohen.