With a population of 24,711 people, Dedham, Massachusetts is a small city. There are just 2 nursing homes in the city, which doesn't give you too many options. We awarded the nursing homes in this city an excellent city grade of A-. Even with only a few nursing homes, this is still a great achievement. We found this city grade to be considerably better than the city grade of B received by the nearby city of Boston. Both cities have some quality nursing homes, but Dedham appears to be in a totally different league. We were so impressed with Dedham that we ranked it as one of the top 500 cities in the country.
In addition to receiving a strong overall grade, many of the facilities in Dedham performed extremely well in short-term care. In fact, we awarded Dedham a grade of A- for this category, which is one of our highest scores. Cities with these kinds of short-term care scores typically have plenty of nursing homes with physical therapy, highly skilled nursing and other services related to rehabilitation. We also wanted to emphasize that some of the city's facilities received virtually perfect health inspections in recent years. For this reason, we gave Dedham a grade of A- in this area. Wrapping up its straight A report card, we gave Dedham an A- for its long-term care score and an A- in the area of nursing.