Best Nursing Homes 2020

There are more than 47 million Americans age 65 and older today—and 14 more will reach that age in the two minutes it takes you to read this.

Taking good care of aging family members is something we all want to get right. But it's not easy. In the U.S. today, the median cost of a private room in a nursing home is more than $100,000 a year—a staggering burden for even well-off families. Added to the undeniable financial strain: the emotional and physical cost to caregivers, exorbitant in its own way.

"Family care of frail elderly people has been linked to significant negative consequences for caregivers' mental health," one study reported, and "feelings of guilt are significantly related to caregiver distress."

By 2030, the 65+ demographic will account for more than 20 percent of U.S. residents, and studies say that 70 percent of them will need some kind of long-term care. The oldest baby boomers are already in their 70s. In short, the need for safe and reliable elder care is only growing.

That's why Newsweek partnered with the respected global data research firm Statista Inc. to establish a ranking of Best Nursing Homes. We analyzed over 15,000 nursing homes in the U.S. and have recognized award-winners in 20 states. In total, the state lists contain 406 unique nursing homes, from three in Missouri to 63 in New York. We note which accept Medicare or Medicaid, and which offer continuing care. You can find the full list below, selecting the corresponding State on the dropdown menu.

Beloved elders deserve the best care their families can provide. We hope the rankings here can help make these difficult decisions easier.

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Rank
Nursing Home
City
Hospital beds
Additional Information
1Edgemoor Hospital Department Skilled Nursing FacilitySantee, CA192Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
2Porterville Developmental CenterPorterville, CA201 Accept Medicare, Resident Council
3Alameda Hospital Skilled Nursing FacilityAlameda, CA181Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
4ManorCare Health Services-Walnut CreekWalnut Creek, CA155Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
5Shoreline Care CenterOxnard, CA193Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
6MPTFWoodland Hills, CA195Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
7South Pasadena Care CenterSouth Pasadena, CA156Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
8Tunnell Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterSan Francisco, CA180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
9English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterModesto, CA180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
10Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterLodi, CA150Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
11Reo Vista Healthcare CenterSan Diego, CA162Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
12Crestwood StocktonStockton, CA190 Accept Medicare, Resident Council
13Vale Healthcare CenterSan Pablo, CA202Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
14Veterans Home of California - YountvilleYountville, CA301Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, No Resident and Family Council
15Ararat Nursing FacilityMission Hills, CA254Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
16La Jolla Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterLa Jolla, CA161Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
17Mission View Health CenterSan Luis Obispo, CA162Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
18Norwood Pines Alzheimer's Care CenterSacramento, CA161Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
19Willow Creek Healthcare CenterClovis, CA159Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
20Victoria Care CenterVentura, CA188Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
21Veterans Home of California - Chula VistaChula Vista, CA180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Resident Council
22Life Care Center of VistaVista, CA176Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
23South Coast Post AcuteSanta Ana, CA255Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
24Villa Las Palmas Healthcare CenterEl Cajon, CA151Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
25Balboa Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterSan Diego, CA194Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Resident Council
26Villa Rancho BernardoSan Diego, CA299Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
27Alto Lucero Transitional CareSanta Barbara, CA156Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
28San Diego Post-AcuteEl Cajon, CA240Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
29Crestwood ModestoModesto, CA194 Accept Medicare, Resident Council
30Bay View Rehabilitation HospitalAlameda, CA180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
31Crown Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterAlameda, CA151Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
32Alamitos West Health & RehabilitationLos Alamitos, CA194Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
33Golden Living Center - FresnoFresno, CA232Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
34Escondido Post Acute RehabEscondido, CA180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
Continuing Care Retirement CommunityPart independent living, part assisted living and part skilled nursing home, CCRCs offer a tiered approach to the aging process, accommodating residents' changing needs. Upon entering, healthy adults can reside independently in single-family homes, apartments or condominiums. When assistance with everyday activities becomes necessary, they can move into assisted living or nursing care facilities.
Family CouncilA family council operates by and for families of persons who live in nursing homes and boarding care homes. Family Council participants advocate for the well-being of their relatives by partnering with them in promoting and enhancing quality of daily life.
Resident CouncilA resident council is an independent, organized group of persons living in a nursing facility who meet on a regular basis to discuss concerns, develop suggestions, and plan activities.

Footnotes:

The survey data in Arizona was not reliable and thus this data was not used. The rating is based on CMS data only.

The survey for this facility was not reliable and thus this data was not used. The rating is based on CMS data only.