Apple Valley Center is the only option we found in Ayer, Massachusetts. Featuring an overall score of B+, this looks like a very good facility. This place truly has plenty of good features. This place's impressive profile was highlighted by its inspection grade, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Apple Valley Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving a strong overall score, this nursing home performed even better in the area of inspections which is based on the facility's recent government inspections. We gave it an A- for this category, which is one of our best grades. Inspection ratings are tied to several pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that excel in this category typically have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. 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. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
In addition, this nursing home also was awarded favorable short-term care grades this year. Indeed, we gave it one of our stronger scores in that category, with a grade of B+. Our short-term care scores are based on the facility's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a wide scope of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other forms of therapy. It does not look like this facility provided data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The final metric we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients that were able to return home from the facility. We found that 6.2 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. Our nursing score is primarily tied to the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided 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 nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we scored was this facility's worst category. However, even in its weakest link we still gave it a respectable grade of B- in long-term care. Long-term care grades assess a facility's assistance with daily living instead of the highly skilled nursing and healthcare services that are critical to a skilled nursing facility. After looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 98.87324 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. This facility keeps its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Apple Valley Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Apple Valley Center, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure indicates the percent of long-term care patients which are suffering from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a solid barometer of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Apple Valley Center, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Apple Valley Center, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric may be skewed for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Apple Valley Center, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to patients for many conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Apple Valley Center, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Apple Valley Center, 1.93% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients exhibiting signs of depression. High rates of depression could imply a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Apple Valley Center, 91.44% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Apple Valley Center, 15.15% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Apple Valley Center, 17.66% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Apple Valley Center, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Apple Valley Center, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Apple Valley Center, 10.93 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the emergency room and the quality of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Apple Valley Center, 71.35% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.
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