The New England Network of Nursing Homes, which oversees the country’s most popular nursing homes, has published a list of nursing homes that are home to the most nursing home open homes in New England.
A few notable names that make the list include Woodridge Nursing Home in Cambridge, and the Colonial Nursing Home at Cambridge, which has about 8,000 residents.
“We have a lot of nursing home residents in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York City,” said Dr. Lisa A. Leggett, a nursing home nurse.
“We have to balance the needs of the residents and the need for a safe environment.”
Dr. Leigett said that while nursing homes may not be open 24 hours a day, they are open for those who need a place to stay.
“The more people you’re going to be able to get into a nursing facility, the more people are going to want to stay in a nursing care facility,” she said.
Dr. John B. Williams, director of the Harvard College of Nursing, said that he believes nursing homes should not be used as a dumping ground for nursing home patients.
“A nursing home is a safe place, a place for people to come in, and they should be able, and I think we should be making it safer, and not just a place where you throw patients away,” he said.
The list was produced by the New England Nursing Home Association and the New York State Nursing Home Commission.
The nursing home association has been lobbying for changes to the state nursing home rules for more than 20 years, according to the New Hampshire Nurses Association.
Nursing home rules currently allow residents to stay at nursing homes for up to 72 hours, but many are reluctant to go to nursing homes.
They are worried that if they are forced to leave their nursing homes because of a patient, they could be accused of breaking the rules.
“It could make it very difficult for nursing homes to comply with the law,” said Nancy M. Risberg, president of the New Jersey Nurses and Hospice Association.
“If you have a resident who’s going to get hurt, they’re going do what they’re supposed to do.”