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The Names of the 15 Worst New Jersey Long-Term Care Facilities Released

One of the 15 Worst long-term care facilities is Cedar Grove in Gloucester County


A recent report from New Jersey’s Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) sheds light on the poor conditions at some of the state’s worst long-term care facilities—and the surprising amount of taxpayer funding that continues to support these organizations. Screen Shot 2022-02-19 at 15.38.01

In this new report published on February 2, 2022, the OSC examined the fifteen lowest-rated nursing homes in the state and concluded that many of these facilities are unlikely to improve as long as they continue to receive state Medicaid funds.


The OSC found that the following fifteen facilities had received a one-star rating for at least six of their last eight quarterly inspections:

  • Care One at Evesham in Burlington County

  • Cedar Grove Respiratory and Nursing Center in Gloucester County

  • Complete Care at Fair Lawn Edge in Passaic County

  • Cranford Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Union County

  • Forest Manor HCC in Warren County

  • Lakeview Rehabilitation and Care Center in Passaic County

  • New Grove Manor in Essex County

  • Oceana Rehabilitation and NC in Cape May County

  • Palace Rehabilitation and Care Center in Burlington County

  • Riverview Estates in Burlington County


  • Silver Healthcare Center in Camden County

  • South Jersey Extended Care in Cumberland County

  • Sterling Manor in Burlington County

  • Wardell Gardens at Tinton Falls in Monmouth County

  • Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center in Sussex County

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Of these fifteen lowest-rated care facilities, fourteen were found to be for-profit businesses, and all were found to have had periods of consistently low ratings across several years.




The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) selected the LTCs with the lowest (one star) CMS Care Compare (CC) Overall Rating for first month of each quarter for at least six of the past eight quarters (2021 and 2020). CMS calculates Overall Ratings based on scores in three categories: 

Health Inspections: This score is based on deficiencies found in the 3 most recent health inspections and in any complaint, incident or infection control investigations over the last 3 years. Inspections and investigations are performed by the New Jersey Department of Health, the state’s survey agency.  Ratings are calculated when an inspection occurs and/or when an investigation results in a deficiency.

Quality Measures: CMS utilizes clinical and claims data reported by the nursing homes to develop quality measures.  Ratings are calculated quarterly based on performance in each quality measure.

Staffing: This score is based on the number of nursing staff hours per resident per day, as evidenced by payroll data submitted by nursing homes. This score is also calculated quarterly.  

You can visit the CMS Nursing Home Compare Technical Details and Technical Users’ Guide for more information on the CMS rating process.

One-Star LTCs Funded by NJ Medicaid

With a few exceptions, the facilities on our list have consistently been rated one star over the last three years. Some experienced fast and dramatic declines, and have remained low quality for at least several years. 

The 15 one-star LTCs on OSC's list have been rated one-star for at least six out of the eight previous quarters.