Apple Valley Center is the only option we found in Ayer, Massachusetts. Featuring an overall score of B-, this looks like a decent facility. This place has some things working in its favor. The best part of this place's profile is is its short-term care rating. We discuss short-term care in the next section.
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Apple Valley Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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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
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Colostomy Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
It should also be noted that this facility's short-term care score outpaced its overall grade. We awarded it a grade of B+ for short-term care, which is an above average grade. This helped its overall grade. In computing our short-term care scores, we scrutinize the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This score is considered to be a meaningful measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it does not appear that this facility provided information on registered nurse or physical therapist staffing. The final measure we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that 6.2 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. This turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we awarded this nursing home an B+. We looked at the qualifications of nurses at the facility, in addition to the number of hours the nurses worked with patients, in determining our grade in this category. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of turning residents more often.
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Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home's third best category is its long-term care grade, where it received a B-. In the category of long-term care, we focus on the amount of services provided by a facility, as opposed to more healthcare-oriented services. After assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 97.27521 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is higher than the average nursing home. This place was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
The last category we looked at is inspections. We gave it a C in this category. This is a middle of the pack grade in this category. Nevertheless, it wasn't as good as some of this nursing home's other category grades. Our inspection scores weigh several factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the number and severity of 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. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Apple Valley Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Apple Valley Center, 4.81% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Apple Valley Center, 2.18% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Major falls are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Apple Valley Center, 1.75% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely the result of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this statistic can be skewed for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Apple Valley Center, 19.55% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Apple Valley Center, 8.86% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Apple Valley Center, 5.31% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Apple Valley Center, 98.13% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Apple Valley Center, 14.47% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Apple Valley Center, 31.94% of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients that maintained mobility. Many in the industry believe that mobility is vital to residents' physical and mental well-being.
In Apple Valley Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Apple Valley Center, 31.94% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Apple Valley Center, 16.17% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Apple Valley Center, 68.69% of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.
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