Arkansas Health Center is a very-large government-owned facility located in Benton, Arkansas. This facility is ranked among the top nursing homes we found. A score in this range requires superb scores across the board. You simply can not do much better than this place. One of the best aspects of this nursing home's exemplary report card is its long-term care grade. Long-term care grades are discussed in the next section.
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Arkansas Health Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- No Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - State
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Mental Health
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Long-term Care Quality
On top of being a first rate facility overall, this nursing home also fared well in our long-term care category, where it earned a grade of A. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. When facilities receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 98.777176 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents out of the hospital. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
In addition, this facility also received a nearly flawless inspection report. As a result, it received one of our best grades in that category with a score of A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection scores. One key factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. This facility was hit with 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe. This means that the inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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Among its many impressive grades, this facility received an excellent nursing grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A- in that category. The nursing category includes quite a few datapoints, most of which are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this place 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 country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as having a policy of moving a patient more often.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our last area, this nursing home also excelled in our short-term care category. We awarded it a grade of B+ in that area. This finalized a very impressive profile. Short-term care grades are meaningful for prospective residents looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally utilizes more highly-skilled nursing. This means a vast scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final item we considered in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Arkansas Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Arkansas Health Center, 12.66% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Arkansas Health Center, 3.53% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents which suffered a fall which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Arkansas Health Center, 3.54% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that have suffered from urinary tract infections. Although more of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Arkansas Health Center, 54.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for many conditions, including dementia. Unfortunately, in limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Arkansas Health Center, 34.03% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Arkansas Health Center, 7.34% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents showing depressive symptoms. Some would argue this is a measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Arkansas Health Center, 98.11% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Arkansas Health Center, 9.83% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and eating. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Arkansas Health Center, 5.44% of Residents
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels. Many would argue that mobility is vital to residents' mental and physical well-being.
In Arkansas Health Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Arkansas Health Center, 5.44% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
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