Washington, Iowa has only three nursing homes to choose from, which is a limited selection. This place's nursing homes were awarded a decent city grade of B-. We also assessed the nursing homes in the nearby city of Muscatine, which received a city grade of D. We found Washington to be a far better option. The best part of this city's report card is its nursing homes' exemplary inspection scores. We discuss inspections in the next section.
Despite receiving a somewhat average overall grade, this city performed especially well in our inspections category. In fact, some of its facilities received virtually perfect inspection reports this year. As a result, Washington received one of our best grades in that area with an A-. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection grades. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some can be relatively minor. In addition, the city also earned one of our higher grades in our nursing category, with a B. In the last two categories, we gave Washington a B- for its long-term care grade and a grade of B- for short-term care.