Oak Crest Extended Care Neighborhood Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, DC--The extended care neighborhood of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville, MD, has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report's sixth annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide.  U.S. News' goal is to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014 find a home with a strong track record of good care.  According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period. Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories---health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care---and gives each an overall rating. U.S. News awarded the "Best Nursing Home" designation to facilities that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2014. Michael Friedel is the Director of Extended Care at Oak Crest.  He says the 5-star overall rating is a "testament to the professionalism and compassion of our employees.  Every day, they live our mission of celebrating life and exhibit the values that contribute to a caring environment for our residents and their family members." Along with the ratings, U.S. News has published a series of articles on how to pay for care, spot warning signs of bad care, understand how the federal Affordable Care Act affects senior care, and otherwise manage the emotional and financial challenges of dealing with an aging loved one.   "The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging," says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. "It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate." Oak Crest provides a full continuum of care, featuring 1,525 residences in independent living that offer a variety of one and two bedroom floor plans and pricing options.  The Continuing Care neighborhood offers skilled nursing, assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation and memory-care services. About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of seventeen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland, the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.

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