With a population of 489,514 residents, Raleigh, North Carolina is among is relatively large metropolitan area. Surprisingly, there are just 5 nursing homes there, which is not as many as we expected in a city of this size. We awarded the nursing homes here city grade of C, which isn't quite as high of a grade as we like. This score unfortunately ended up on the wrong side of the national average. The best part of this city's report card is is its inspection score. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph.
We wanted to note that this city's inspection score outpaced its overall grade. In fact, we awarded Raleigh a B+ for its inspection rating, which is one of our better scores. Inspection ratings are based on items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this area typically have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Raleigh's next best score was in the area of short-term care, where it received a grade of C. Lastly, the city received a C for nursing and a grade of D in the area of long-term care. Despite otherwise respectable category grades, this city's poor long-term care score may be a concern for many people.