Abernethy Laurels is a large non-profit nursing home located in Newton, North Carolina. With an overall grade of A, this is clearly a superb facility. We were impressed enough to rank this facility as one of the top 50 facilities in North Carolina. Headlining this facility's stellar profile is its inspection rating, which we will address in the next section.
- Nursing Home
- Home Health Agency
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving a strong overall grade, this nursing home also received an A+ inspection rating. This is based on its recent government inspections. An A+ in this area is one of the highest complements we can pay to a facility. Inspection ratings account for several factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better scores in this category tend to have few of these severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
We also wanted to note the fact that this facility was awarded a strong grade of A in our short-term care category. In the category of short-term care, we strive to assess measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We assess a facility's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final statistic we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients that were able to return home from the facility. We found that 6.4 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
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To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. In determining our nursing grades, we assess both nursing hours and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the next area, this nursing home received a high-end long-term care score. We gave it a grade of A- in that category, resulting in this facility receiving straight A's. When facilities receive this type of score in this category it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses and aids. After considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Lastly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Abernethy Laurels Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Abernethy Laurels, 10.18% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Abernethy Laurels, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric tells you the percent of long-term residents that sustained a fall resulting in serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Abernethy Laurels, 3.21% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can minimize the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Abernethy Laurels, 11.7% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Abernethy Laurels, 22.36% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Abernethy Laurels, 2.92% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Abernethy Laurels, 88.16% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Abernethy Laurels, 19.43% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Abernethy Laurels, 26.81% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels. Some experts would argue that mobility is important for patients well-being.
In Abernethy Laurels, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Abernethy Laurels, 26.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Abernethy Laurels, 11.94 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Abernethy Laurels, 72.2% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue that this is a measure of rehabilitation services.
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