Harlingen, Texas has only three nursing homes to choose from, which is not a ton of options. This relatively small group of facilities earned on average an overall grade of B-, which is a respectable rating for the city. This is just about average by national standards, which is perfectly respectable. The best part of this city's profile was its nursing homes' remarkable inspection grades. Inspection grades are discussed in the following paragraph.
Despite receiving a somewhat average overall grade, this city's nursing homes performed spectacularly well in the area of inspections. In fact, some of its facilities received nearly flawless inspection reports this year. Consequently, we awarded Harlingen one of our highest scores in that category with an A. Perhaps the most important factor we look at in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with higher scores in this area typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. Harlingen also excelled in the area of long-term care with a B+. Lastly, we awarded the city grades of B- and D for our short-term care and nursing categories respectively. In spite of an otherwise respectable profile, a nursing grade of this caliber may be an ominous sign for levels of nurse staffing.