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US calls 3 nursing facilities in Chelsea and Peabody top-notch

Three skilled nursing facilities owned by Chelsea Jewish Lifecare recently earned top marks from a federal agency for their quality of their care, operations, and facilities. Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home in Chelsea; the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody; and the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea each earned an overall Five-Star Quality Rating from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Facilities that earn such a rating are considered to have much above-average care. The federal agency issues separate ratings in each of three areas — health inspections, staffing, and physical and clinical quality measures — and then an overall rating. According to the recognized agency, there are currently no other overall five-star nursing facilities in Chelsea, Everett, East Boston, Malden, Revere, or Winthrop. Formerly known as the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, the nonprofit Chelsea Jewish Lifecare serves more than 800 people through its skilled nursing and assisted living residences and its home care services in Chelsea and Peabody.

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