With 20,111 people, Rutherfordton, North Carolina is a relatively small city. There are only 3 nursing homes in the city, which doesn't give you too many options to choose from. These nursing homes did not really stand out from a quality perspective either. The city was given a city grade of C, which is not one of our stronger grades at the city level. For comparison's sake, we also assessed the facilities in the nearby city of Morganton, which received a below average city grade of C. These cities appear to be fairly comparable, with neither receiving very strong grades. The best part of this city's report card is its nursing homes' stellar inspection scores. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
Despite receiving a fairly ordinary overall grade, this city's nursing homes performed extremely well in our inspections category. In fact, some of its facilities received virtually perfect inspection reports this year. As a result, Rutherfordton received one of our best ratings in that area with a grade of A-. These inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these items by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This city earned its next highest score in the category of long-term care, where we awarded it a C, which also isn't a bad grade. In our final two categories, Rutherfordton received grades of C and D for our short-term care and nursing areas respectively. Even with an otherwise respectable profile, a nursing rating of this caliber may be an ominous sign for nursing staffing levels.