Best Nursing Homes Launches in Salt Lake City on Good Things Utah, showcasing Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab as the premier skilled nursing facility in Utah County.

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Dr. Amy Osmond Cook, CEO of Best Nursing Homes, educates the public about finding the best short-term and long-term care for family members. Orchard Park Rehab is the featured facility.

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I realize that, if I love my mother, a skilled nursing center -- either for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care -- is where I want her to stay when her health declines.

Best Nursing Homes, a website committed to advancing excellence and ethical leadership in the field of skilled nursing, recently launched in Salt Lake City on Good Things Utah. This placement and review site serves to help family members find the best skilled care for their loved ones. During the segment, Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab was presented by Best Nursing Homes as a premiere skilled nursing facility in Utah Valley.

Dr. Amy Osmond Cook, CEO of Best Nursing Homes, spoke from experience with hosts Jessie Miller and Emily Clark about many of the challenging questions that arise when being faced with placing a parent or relative in a nursing home.

“As a teenager, I balked at the idea,” said Dr. Cook, “but as I have learned more through my work with Best Nursing Homes, I realize that, if I love my mother, a skilled nursing center -- either for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care -- is where I want her to stay when her health declines.”

Currently, approximately 4 percent of the senior population lives in a skilled nursing facility, and the choices available are as varied as the people who live in them. Patients and their families often encounter difficulty when choosing a home. Frequently asked questions including, "Where will I receive the highest quality care?" "Where will I be treated like a resident, not just a patient?" and "Where is the cleanest nursing home with the best food?" weigh on their minds.

In an effort to lighten the burden of such an important choice, North American Health Care created Best Nursing Homes, a national database of facilities ranked “five-star” by Medicare. The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and the five-star facilities are freely available at

Here are a few questions to ask before selecting a nursing home for yourself or your loved one:

1. Which skilled nursing facilities are ranked the highest?

One of the main concerns of families is ensuring their loved ones will be safe and receive high-quality care. A reliable resource for gathering information on potential facilities is the Medicare website. Using the nursing home compare tool, a patient or family member can easily compare past ratings and performance of skilled nursing facilities as well as areas of concern and/or specific complaints. The five-star system is used to measure quality, health inspections, and level of staffing. One example of a five-star rated facility in Utah is Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab in Orem.

2. Do I need short-term rehabilitation or long-term care? And which facility specializes in my diagnosis?

Are you having a total hip replacement? Are you recovering from a heart attack? Are you healing from a wound that requires supervision? These are all examples of diagnoses that require a short-term stay for rehabilitation. If you are looking to move into a skilled nursing facility permanently, then this is considered long-term care. Keep your diagnosis in mind, too. Orchard Park Rehab, for example, is known for both its excellent physical therapy and nursing services.

3. Will the staff communicate well with me and my loved ones?

Nothing is more important than communicating well with your health care providers. You need a nursing home that will not only inform you of your progress but also work with you to build a care plan for your success. Make sure that you have the ability to have constant contact with your nursing home providers. In fact, some facilities have a live chat option on their websites to access a facility representative immediately.

4. What amenities are provided?

Skilled nursing homes vary widely in the amenities they provide. Some provide individual televisions for each person. Some provide daily social activities. Some hire chefs and dietary supervisors to take care of their needs.

Visit to find a five-star Medicare rated facility in your area today.

More about Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab

At Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab, caring is the main concern. With the belief that the most effective way to provide compassionate care is through the maintenance of high medical integrity, building a team spirit among staff, and providing friendly, beautiful surroundings for our patients and their visitors. Although most transitions can be challenging, Orchard strives to facilitate that process with an environment where patients and guests feel informed and comfortable.

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