Located in Ashland, Nebraska, Azria Health-Ashland is the lone nursing home we found in this city. This nursing home is a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of C. This place has a few things going for it. One of the highlights of this nursing home's profile is its strong inspection reports, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
1700 Furnas Street,
Ashland NE 68003
74.32% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its relatively modest overall score, we gave this facility an A- for its inspection grade. This grade is far more impressive than the facility's overall rating. Arguably the most important factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this area most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. 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. Based on this, we still had positive view of this nursing home's recent inspections.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility's short-term care score turns out to be one of its best grades. The facility was given a grade of B- in this category. In the area of short-term care, we endeavor to evaluate measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We analyze a nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. When we looked at this facility's physical therapist hours, we found it offered more hours of physical therapy per day to its residents than most nursing homes. The last measure we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. This place performed better than most nursing homes in this area with 51.7 percent of its patients returning home.
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Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home's next best category ended up being its long-term care score, where it received a C. For long-term care residents, the facility's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. We discovered that this nursing home provided the vaccine to only 81.6 percent of its residents, which is slightly concerning. Nevertheless, this place keeps its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 1.33 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days.
Turning to our last category, we gave this nursing home a D for the area of nursing. This is the facility's worst category rating. The nursing score includes many factors, however, the main one is the number of nurse hours per patient per week. With only 3 hours of nursing care per patient each day, this place's nurse staffing levels were quite a bit below the national average. To pair with its low totals in the area of nursing hours per patient, this facility also didn't perform as well in the quality-based measures we looked at in determining our nursing scores. We looked at the percent of patients sustaining pressure ulcers and major falls. This nursing home had more falls and pressure ulcers than the average facility. This could be a bad sign when you consider that many falls and bed sores are preventable with better nursing care. These scores pulled down this facility's nursing grade significantly.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Azria Health-Ashland Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Azria Health-Ashland, 5.68% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients which suffered from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Azria Health-Ashland, 4.9% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are often linked to poor nursing care. More supervision can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Azria Health-Ashland, 3.74% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint could also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Azria Health-Ashland, 17.84% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to residents for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Azria Health-Ashland, 19.55% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Azria Health-Ashland, 4.13% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression could indicate lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Azria Health-Ashland, 93.24% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Azria Health-Ashland, 15.12% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Azria Health-Ashland, 21.01% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents that maintained mobility.
In Azria Health-Ashland, 1.25 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Azria Health-Ashland, 21.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Azria Health-Ashland, 8.56 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Azria Health-Ashland, 78.44% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint measures the percentage of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.
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