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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Nursing Home
City
Hospital beds
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1Bridgeway Senior Healthcare at BridgewaterBridgewater, NJ151Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
2Eastern Pines Convalescent CenterAtlantic City, NJ151Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
3Daughters Of Miriam CenterClifton, NJ210Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
4Jewish Home at RockleighRockleigh, NJ180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
5Wedgwood Gardens Care CenterFreehold, NJ151Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council, Footnote 2
6Alaris Health at Cedar GroveCedar Grove, NJ230Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
7Elmora Hills Health & Rehabilitation CenterElizabeth, NJ200Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, No Resident and Family Council
8Emerson Health & Rehabilitation CenterEmerson, NJ155Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
9Maple Glen CenterFairlawn, NJ159Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
10West Caldwell Care CenterWest Caldwell, NJ180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
11Prospect Heights Care CenterHackensack, NJ196Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council, Footnote 2
12Regency Grande Nursing and Post-Acute Rehabilitation CenterDover, NJ155Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
13Seashore Gardens Living CenterGalloway Township, NJ151Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
14Venetian Care & RehabilitationSouth Amboy, NJ180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council, Footnote 2
15AristaCare at ManchesterManchester, NJ165Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council, Footnote 2
16South Mountain HealthCare & Rehabilitation CenterVauxhall, NJ195Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
17Foothill Acres Rehabilitation & Nursing CenterHillsborough, NJ200Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council, Footnote 2
18Arnold Walter Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterHazlet, NJ202Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
19Vineland Veterans Memorial HomeVineland, NJ300Accept Medicaid, Resident and Family Council
20Morris Hall / St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing CenterLawrenceville, NJ180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
21Hunterdon Care CenterFlemington, NJ185Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
22The Harborage at Palisades Medical CenterNorth Bergen, NJ247Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
23Laurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare CenterMount Laurel, NJ220Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council, Footnote 2
24Alaris Health at Hamilton ParkJersey City, NJ260Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
24ManorCare Health Services-West DeptfordWest Deptford, NJ156Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
26Jersey Shore CenterEatontown, NJ158Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
27AristaCare at WhitingWhiting, NJ180Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
28Bayshore Health Care CenterHolmdel, NJ232Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
28Lincoln ParkLincoln Park, NJ547Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
30Abigail House for Nursing and RehabilitationCamden, NJ188Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
31Regency Jewish Heritage Rehab & Nursing Center Somerset, NJ265Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
32Buckingham Care & RehabilitationNorwood, NJ240Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
33Hampton Ridge Healthcare and RehabilitationToms River, NJ204Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
34Daughters Of Israel HomeWest Orange, NJ303Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
35Carneys Point Rehabilitation And Nursing CenterCarneys Point, NJ161Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
36Bergen New Bridge Medical CenterParamus, NJ574Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family Council
37Runnells Center For Rehabilitation & HealthcareBerkeley Heights, NJ300Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident Council
38Hudson View Care CenterNorth Bergen, NJ273Accept Medicaid, Accept Medicare, Resident and Family 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.