Asheville Health Care Center is a nursing home located in Swannanoa, North Carolina, which has 10,381 people. Featuring an overall score of F, we consider this to be a lower end facility. Based on our assessment, you would be better off to steer clear of this place. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another facility. However, if you want to learn more about this facility's category grades, nursing grades are discussed in the next section.
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Asheville Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
Note: Asheville Health Care Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
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Registered Staff Hours
While we graded this nursing home very poorly overall, it received a somewhat respectable nursing rating this year. We gave it a B- in that area. When determining our nursing grades, we analyze both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the training levels of the nurses. This particular facility provided just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This figure is significantly below average. Lastly, nursing grades also consider quality-based measures, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours per resident, this nursing home actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is typically a good indicator that a place has quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses aids to assist its patients.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also didn't grade out too badly in the area of short-term care. In fact, we gave it a B- in that area, which turned out to be another one of its more favorable scores. In the category of short-term care, we seek to evaluate indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We assess the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. We found that this nursing home was below average in the two key staffing areas we assessed. It provided fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other nursing homes. It is important to determine whether this also correlates to a lower quality of care. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 4.9 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.
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As it turns out, this facility's inspections also weren't the source of this nursing home's abysmal overall score. It received a C in this area. We would argue that one of the most important factors in evaluating an inspection report is deficiencies. We especially look at the severity of those deficiencies. This facility had 2 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but fortunately none were category G through L deficiencies. This indicates this facility dodged the more significant classes of deficiencies. Lastly, this nursing home was cited by CMS for possible abuse or neglect. This is generally a really bad sign. We would never recommend this facility.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we analyzed is long-term care. This facility was given a bottom of the barrel grade of F in that category. When nursing homes receive this type of grade in long-term care it is typically a bad sign for resident care and it may indicate that the facility is not as well-staffed. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 61.300312 percent of its residents. This is quite a bit less than what we expected. To our surprise, this nursing home was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.03 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This is its best score in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Asheville Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Asheville Health Care Center, 16.67% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Asheville Health Care Center, 4.64% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure measures the percentage of long-term residents who have had a fall which resulted in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be a sign of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Asheville Health Care Center, 0.96% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by poor nursing care. Better hygiene protocols minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Asheville Health Care Center, 16.44% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to residents for many conditions, including cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Asheville Health Care Center, 23.57% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of long-term care patients taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Asheville Health Care Center, 2.75% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Some experts argue this is a measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Asheville Health Care Center, 75.22% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Asheville Health Care Center, 14.38% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Asheville Health Care Center, 11.31% of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that remained mobile levels.
In Asheville Health Care Center, 0.03 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is critical to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Asheville Health Care Center, 11.31% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Asheville Health Care Center, 11.69% of Patients
This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Asheville Health Care Center, 85.14% of Resident
This is the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living typically correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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