Altercare Newark South is a nursing home located in Newark, Ohio, a city with a total of 59,605 people. Sporting an overall rating of C, this is likely a middle of the pack nursing home. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Newark, which admittedly is admittedly a bit below average nationally. This nursing home did not excel in all of our categories, but it didn't receive any terrible grades either. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Altercare Newark South
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Bariatric Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
The primary reason this nursing home received a decent overall grade is its impeccable inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our higher grades in that area, with an A-. This is a much better grade than the facility's overall grade, which was decent but not in the elite range. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining our inspection scores. One key factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being quite insignificant. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This tells you that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.
One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing score. In that category, we awarded this nursing home an C. When calculating our nursing grades, we assess both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, although this place got docked a bit for nursing hours, it actually excelled in some of our quality-based measures. With less than five percent of its patients suffering from pressure ulcers, it performed very well in this statistic.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility's second lowest score is long-term care, where it earned just a D in that category. This is a well below average grade. For residents in need of a permanent place to live rather than rehabilitation, long-term care grades are very important. After we finished assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses, we next considered the facility's vaccination record. We were optimistic to find that this nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than most nursing homes. Sadly, a few of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.
Short-term Care Quality
The final area we scored was short-term care, turned out to be this nursing home's weakest category. We awarded this facility a grade of D in this area. In forming these short-term care ratings, we assess the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our objective is to devise a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of different facilities. With a score this poor in this category, we were not shocked to learn that this place was below average in the two key staffing metrics we looked at. In fact, it offered significantly fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. The final datapoint we considered in this area is the number of patients who returned home from the facility. This facility struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 4.8 percent of its residents returning home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Altercare Newark South Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Altercare Newark South, 4.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term residents which have pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Altercare Newark South, 7.5% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic measures the percentage of long-term stay patients which experienced falls which caused major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining our nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Altercare Newark South, 1.25% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents that had a urinary tract infection. Although more of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to facilities having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Altercare Newark South, 0% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to patients for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Altercare Newark South, 27.69% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients which are administered antianxiety drugs. These medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Altercare Newark South, 14.47% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Altercare Newark South, 97.73% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Altercare Newark South, 18.46% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate decline of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Altercare Newark South, 22.57% of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Altercare Newark South, 22.57% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Altercare Newark South, 22.44% of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Altercare Newark South, 77.25% of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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