The federal Medicare program, which funds health care for those over age 65, rates nursing homes according to health inspections, staffing and quality measures to arrive at an overall rating.

The health inspections rating is based on the three most recent annual inspections, and inspections due to complaints over the past three years.

The quality measures rating is based on nine quality measures, including whether residents are getting their flu shots, losing weight or in pain. The staffing rating is based on the number of registered nurse hours per resident day, and total staffing hours per resident day.

To learn more, or to find ratings for particular nursing homes, access www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

Here are the ratings for the county owned nursing homes in our region:

Schuylkill County:

Rest Haven, Schuylkill Haven: 142 beds

Overall rating: Average

Health inspection: Above average

Staffing: Much below average

Quality measures: Above average

Lehigh County:

Cedarbrook, Allentown: two homes, one with 197 beds and another with 473

Overall rating: Above average

Health inspection: Above average

Staffing: Above average

Quality measures: Above average

Northampton County:

Gracedale, Nazareth: 725 beds

Overall rating: Below average

Health inspection: Below average

Staffing: Average

Quality measures: Above average

Monroe County:

Pleasant Valley Manor, Stroudsburg: 174 beds

Overall rating: Much below average

Health inspection: Much below average

Staffing: Average

Quality measures: Average