Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center earns another 5-star ranting from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The earned survey results places them in the top 19.6 percent of nearly 16,000 health care centers in the nation, a distinction they’ve received for three consecutive years.
Five stars represent “excellent performance” in three categories – level of nurse staffing, quality of care, and history of inspection.
ACHA inspects all Florida nursing homes to assess how well the nursing home complies with the federal laws governing nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid payments. AHCA is responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program, for the licensure and regulation of health facilities and for providing information to Floridians about the quality of the health care they receive in Florida.
According to AHCA, complete inspections are conducted on average once per year. They are unannounced and typically last three to four days. Out of the possible 200 plus citations that could be issued during an inspection, Melbourne Terrace Rehab Center remains free of deficiency.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions.
But you can instantly review the government inspections on several online sites. ACHA’s site, FloridaHealthFinder.gov, allows the public to search by nursing homes or by region for the best and worst rated facilities. CMS also provides a website called Nursing Home Compare and displays survey information about nursing facilities.
The transparency of posting inspections online may help the millions of Americans who will need to reference a home with a strong track record of good care. According to CMS, 60 percent of individuals over 65 will need some type of nursing home care for some period.
Melbourne Terrace’s Administrator, Jason Canlas, believes that the rating system is a good benchmark for selecting quality-run organizations, but he highly encourages the public to visit each facility.
He believes that a personal tour will uncover other aspects that set a facility apart, such as customer service and features that personalize and customize rehabilitation.
According to Jason, “A personal tour allows our team to understand each patient’s immediate needs. Then we can collaborate with an interdisciplinary approach to personalize goals.”
Jason admits that his rehab gym is full of advanced equipment that has won high accolades by the International Council on Active Aging. But his choice of equipment is not because of awards, it’s about serving the distinct problems of the active and aging population who desire active engagement with therapy.
Along with a new gym and two pools equipped with underwater treadmills, Melbourne Terrace continues to add quality-of-life measures with new therapy regimens consisting of cardiac, lymphedema and a pulmonary program.
“Heart and lung disease holds back too many people from an active life,” says Jason. “To make a difference, we go one step further and combine physical therapy with respiratory therapy for a more comprehensive pulmonary treatment.”
When asked about his award-winning facility, Jason says, “Awards are great and we are honored to get those marks by just doing our job. But our focus has been and always will be our family of patients.”
To schedule a private tour, call (321) 725-3990. Melbourne Terrace offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient therapy services for short or long term care – located at 251 E. Florida Ave., Melbourne.