Vermont Regulators Declare Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Deficiency Free

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Bennington, recently earned Vermont regulators' highest commendation, deficiency free.

"We are tremendously proud of this. Meeting the state's standards requires incredible dedication from our team," said Suzanne Anair, the facility's administrator. "Our philosophy relies on taking the best possible care of residents."

Last month, five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for three days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights and food service.

They spoke with current residents and residents' family members, interviewed staff, reviewed the record-keeping practices for current and discharged residents, and observed all of the programs and services offered.

"These standards are useful, because they help us set benchmarks for our teams. We check and recheck everything we do," Anair said. "A deficiency-free survey is a good indication for those looking for the care and their families that we are providing the best care possible."

In August, the facility earned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' highest ranking, 5 stars. Facilities are rated based on results of health inspections; levels of staffing, including the number of registered nurses providing care; and quality measures, including patient outcomes, infection rates, pressure ulcers, and falls. The number of facilities that can be given the highest rating is capped at 20 percent per state, so the rating is a reflection of both how well CLR is performing and how it compares to others in the state.

CLR is located at 160 Hospital Drive in Bennington. It shares a campus with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and provides short-term rehabilitation, respite care, long-term care, and palliative and hospice care.

 


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