By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel

4:51 PM EST, February 25, 2014

U.S. News & World Report today released its Best Nursing Homes 2014 report, highlighting the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas.

In Metro Orlando, 16 nursing homes made the cut. Each received five stars. The report is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Homes” designation to facilities that recently earned the agency’s highest overall rating of five stars.

In this year’s ratings, the share of nursing homes with the five-star rating reached 25 percent, up from 19 percent last year. California has the most five-star-nursing homes, followed by Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. In Florida 142 nursing homes received the highest rating.

“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.”

According to the CMS, about 60 percent of those over 65 will require somelong-term care during their lifetime, and four out of 10 will receive care in a nursing home.

Now in its sixth year, the report provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing facility in the United States, or almost 16,000 nursing homes.  Ratings and data are freely available at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

The searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance or location. Each facility’s profile displays health and fire violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.

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