New quality rankings released this weekend have placed Alaskan retirement homes as some of the best in the country when it comes to quality standards that included health of the residents and staff numbers.
According to the report, 26.7 percent of Alaskan retirement homes received a five-star rating.
Following closely were the states of Maine and New Hampshire with over 20 percent of its retirement homes getting five-star ratings as well.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the ratings for approximately 15,800 skilled nursing facilities in the country that participate in either of the government health programs, MedicalNewsToday reports.
Ratings for each of the retirement homes were based on health inspection surveys, staffing information and quality care measures, according to the article. Each home was given a star rating from one to five, with five representing "much above average" and three representing "about average."
"Our goal in developing this unprecedented quality rating system is to provide families [with] a straightforward assessment of nursing home quality. 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," CMS acting administrator Kerry Weems told the news provider.