Nazareth Home Named 2023 ‘Best of Kentucky’ in Nursing and Rehabilitation by KAHCF

Nazareth Home Named 2023 ‘Best of Kentucky’ in Nursing and Rehabilitation by KAHCF

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KAHCF/KCAL) recently honored Nazareth Home with a prestigious 2023 Best of Kentucky in Nursing and Rehabilitation Award at their annual banquet. The Best of Kentucky – Nursing and Rehabilitation honorees are among an elite group of leaders and must possess a CMS star rating of four or higher to apply for the award. Across Kentucky, 35 organizations were recognized, including both of Nazareth Home’s facilities, with the distinction.

In addition, Nazareth Home’s Director of Clinical Services, Kim Hobson, was recognized individually with a Leadership Award for her contributions to Nazareth Home and the long-term care field.

“We remain focused on helping elders explore the joy of living, and recognition like this confirms that by creating a supportive environment of person-centered care where aging adults can thrive, we are accomplishing our objectives,” said Mary Haynes, president/CEO of Nazareth Home. “This award is for all of our employees who work selflessly and diligently to make a difference each day in the lives that they touch.”

Long-term care providers attended KAHCF/KCAL’s Annual Meeting & Expo, where the awards were announced on Nov. 16. They attended general sessions addressing strategies to cope with stress on the job, hiring and retaining quality staff, and regulatory issues. On Nov. 15, KCAL held its “KCAL Day” for Assisted Living Communities. More than 100 vendors exhibited during the expo showcasing the latest innovations to providing quality care.“We are honored to recognize these deserving providers at the top of their class,” said KAHCF/KCAL interim president Ruby Jo Lubarsky. “During a tumultuous time of staffing shortages, our providers have faced these challenges with innovation and positivity. Each winner and their team have kept their residents’ quality of life at the heart of their work.”

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Nazareth Home Recognized by U.S. News & World Report Among Kentucky’s Best Nursing Homes

Nazareth Home Recognized by U.S. News & World Report Among Kentucky’s Best Nursing Homes

Nazareth Home has once again been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Nursing Homes for its Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. The designation places Nazareth Home’s facilities among the elite 19% of skilled nursing facilities that earned a “High Performing” rating, the highest possible achievement. In addition, both Nazareth Home campuses, Highlands and Clifton, are rated among the “top 6” nursing homes in Louisville. Each location earned a High-Performing Rating for short-term rehab and long-term care.

For its 2024 report, U.S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes on patient and resident outcomes, such as infection rates; staffing levels; potentially inappropriate reliance on antipsychotic drugs; health inspection results; and other indicators of quality.

“This honor is a reflection of our community of collaborators who work closely together to enhance the wellbeing of the elders we serve,” said Mary Haynes, Nazareth Home president/CEO. “I am profoundly grateful for the diligence and commitment that are recognized by this distinction – knowing that our teams work to ensure that the elders’ quality of life and care are best-in-class examples of how the aged deserve to live at this stage in their lives.”

Best Nursing Homes ratings are based on U.S. News’s in-depth analysis of publicly available data, including information that is not factored into star ratings by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Unlike the star ratings, the U.S. News ratings recognize that patients undergoing short-term rehabilitation have very different needs from those who require longer-term care.

“U.S. News’ Best Nursing Homes ratings give patients, senior residents, their families and caregivers an objective assessment of quality, to help them choose the facility that best fits their individual needs,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “Nursing homes that have earned the recognition of U.S. News have a track record of achieving better outcomes for patients and residents, and maximizing the amount of care they receive from nurses and other staff.”

To calculate the Best Nursing Homes ratings, U.S. News evaluated each nursing home’s performance using a variety of quality measures obtained from CMS. The U.S. News methodology factors data such as resident care, safety and outcomes. Both short- and long-term ratings include data on nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs, and success in preventing ER and hospital visits. The long-term care rating also includes measures of whether a home changed ownership and how well they were staffed on weekends.

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Nazareth Home Implements New Toileting Technology to Benefit Health & Wellness Outcomes for Elders

Nazareth Home Implements New Toileting Technology to Benefit Health & Wellness Outcomes for Elders

Nazareth Home recently finalized an agreement with Toi Labs to purchase and install a TrueLoo® smart toilet seat in each resident room of its personal care program (Maria Hall). This cutting-edge technology is another example of how Nazareth Home is continually tapping into innovative ideas and products to improve the lives of elders on its two Louisville campuses. TrueLoo serves as an early screening/detection device for illness or underlying conditions.

These smart toilet seats were first piloted at Nazareth Home’s Highlands Campus nearly a year ago in our memory care neighborhood (Charity Court), making Nazareth Home the very first long-term care facility in the state to utilize this new toileting technology.

How do these toilet seats work? The TrueLoo is a toilet seat that provides automated real-time data collection and analysis, offering insights into residents’ wellness. It non-invasively monitors intake levels, stool and urine contents, and other vital health metrics without any burden to the user. These insights can point to early warning signs of abnormalities that have been shown to be associated with chronic conditions, which can progress into more significant health issues.

The smart toilet seat will be helpful in identifying abnormal waste patterns in residents that often indicate issues with intake and may help reduce the risk and impact of certain chronic diseases or conditions. According to Toi Labs, TrueLoo helps reduce falls by 32%. Additionally, TrueLoo eliminates the need for nursing staff to observe, interpret, remember, and document stool and urine eliminations. This allows staff to focus more time on caring for residents without missing important health data. Providing daily and weekly reports of bowel and bladder patterns enables early interventions by Nazareth Home staff, which may reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Nazareth Home president and CEO Mary Hayes said the new technology offers a win-win for the elders, their families, team members, and the entire organization.

“Upon admission, our nursing team manually monitors the resident’s toileting very closely for the first few days. This innovative bathroom technology now automates that process while adding the crucial element of privacy, and provides early detection of meaningful changes, reduces human reporting errors, and enables us to adjust the individual’s care in real time.”

Nazareth Home, known for our mission to serve elders with innovative, person-centered care, is continuously seeking new ways to proactively improve wellness for the elders who live on our two campuses. This initiative marks another significant effort toward integrating technology into our high-quality care, enhancing staff support, and fostering a nurturing and comfortable living environment.

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Nazareth Home Expands its HELD Program to Clifton Campus

Nazareth Home Expands its HELD Program to Clifton Campus

Nazareth Home, in collaboration with Pallitus Health Partners, has expanded its HELD program to its Clifton Campus this month after successfully implementing it at the Highlands Campus nearly two years ago. HELD, which stands for Helping Embrace Life Decisions, is a complex disease management program that supports residents who want to manage the symptoms of advanced illnesses and chronic complex conditions.

HELD brings together multiple experts in the fields of geriatrics and complex disease management to develop an individualized plan that focuses on the unique healthcare needs of the Nazareth Home resident. It emphasizes closer monitoring of patients, engaging earlier in symptom control so individuals can discuss their goals and options sooner, and identifying a meaningful healthcare plan that improves their quality of life for a longer period of time.

The program includes a team of experts, including staff members from both organizations, along with Dr. Tyler McQueen, a geriatric medicine specialist with Pallitus Health Partners. Dr. McQueen meets with Nazareth Home residents on a regular basis concerning quality of life decisions during their critical time of need.

“This unique offering through the HELD program allows us to expand and evolve the high-quality care we provide to elders and their family members,” said Ashley Cochran, Executive Director of Nazareth Home’s Clifton Campus. “Each day, our focus is on helping the elders live their best life while they are with us, and this new program aligns closely with that goal in mind.”

Pallitus Health Partners offers comprehensive palliative care for patients with serious illness in Kentucky and Indiana. Specialized services include chronic symptom and medication management, disease education, and care coordination.

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Nazareth Home in Louisville collecting blankets for those in need

Source: WDRB

The Nazareth Home asks for the community’s help to keep the homeless and less fortunate warm this winter.

The long-term care home is accepting donations of new and gently used blankets. Those blankets will be given to Louisville’s homeless and those who are less fortunate through a partnership with the nonprofit Blanket Louisville.

Donations can be dropped off at the Highlands Campus on Newburg Road. Blankets will be accepted through Nov. 17.

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Nazareth Home Named A 2023 Top Workplace by Courier-Journal

Nazareth Home Named a 2023 Top Workplace by Courier-Journal

Nazareth Home was once again named a top place to work in Courier-Journal’s 2023 Top Workplaces list and brought home the #1 ranking in the Large Business category (300+ employees). The organization was awarded this honor first in 2012 and again in 2022 and 2023.

The annual list compiles the best workplaces in the Greater Louisville region through a process that relies heavily on employee feedback and insight. This year, there were 21 Louisville-area winners across three categories based on company size.

Many special awards were also handed out based on various characteristics. Mary Haynes, Nazareth Home President/CEO, received one for her outstanding leadership.

The selection process enables employee engagement through completion of a survey that uniquely measures 15 culture drivers critical to an organization’s success, such as alignment, execution, connection and more. Courier-Journal then partners with Philadelphia-based Energage LLC, an employee engagement technology company, to finalize the list of winners. Energage has surveyed more than 70,000 organizations since it was founded in 2006.

“We’re very proud of the work we do, and we know that our great culture is more than one person,” said Mary. “This honor is so important because it is based on genuine and straightforward feedback from our team members.”

Nazareth Home has previously received top workplace honors from other organizations, including Louisville Business First. The two Nazareth Home campuses in Louisville are focused on creating an enriching environment where elders can explore the joy of living and family members are comforted with peace of mind.

Employees, of course, also play a very important role in Nazareth Home’s ecosystem.

“We realize the value and importance of creating a great workplace. When our employees feel satisfied and valued, we know that directly benefits the elders and contributes to us having thriving communities within our facilities.”

To learn more about working at Nazareth Home and explore career opportunities, visit


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What makes these companies the Top Workplaces in Louisville? Here’s what employees say

Source: The Courier-Journal 

Do you work for one of the Top Workplaces in the Louisville area?

If so, that often means you love your job, the “environment is welcoming and everyone works together well,” and “the company is passionate about values and doing right.”

That’s how many workers responded to an anonymous survey used to determine the best places to work in the Louisville area.

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