Flushing, New York is a large metropolitan area with 219,342 people. The city has 8 nursing homes, which is an impressive selection. We gave the nursing homes here a city grade of B-, which is a respectable grade. For comparison's sake, we also looked at the nursing homes in the nearby city of Fresh Meadows, which received a city grade of D. We found Flushing to be in a totally different league. The best part of this place's report card was its nursing homes' stellar inspection reports. We discuss inspections in the next section.
This city received a fairly ordinary overall grade, but we really wanted to emphasize that some of the nursing homes in the city nearly flawless health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an elite grade of A+ in this area. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher grades in this area tend to have very few severe deficiencies. In addition, Flushing earned a B+ for our long-term care category. In our final two categories, Flushing earned a grade of C for its short-term care grade and a grade of D in nursing. Even with an otherwise respectable profile, a nursing rating this poor may be an ominous sign for nursing staffing levels.