Aurora Brule Nursing Home is a senior living facility located in White Lake, South Dakota. The city has a population of 732 people. This facility received an overall grade of B-, which is a middle of the road rating. Based on all of the relevant data, there are certainly much worse facilities out there. The best part of this facility's report card is is its inspection score. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
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Aurora Brule Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
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
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
The primary reason this ended up being a decent nursing home is that it earned an elite inspection score. In fact, its inspection grade was far superior to its overall score. In our inspections category, we gave it a grade of A-. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in calculating our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better grades in this area most likely dodged the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. While this place had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in the industry.
Short-term Care Quality
We also gave this nursing home a strong score in short-term care. This facility received a B in this area, which happens to be one of our more favorable scores. In determining our short-term care grades, we assess a facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other licensed professionals. This score is generally a meaningful assessment of the nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
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Long-term Care Quality
The next category we looked at is long-term care. In that area, we gave this nursing home a solid grade of C. In computing these long-term care grades, we quantify the nursing home's personal care services. One of the datapoints we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccinations. Thankfully, this facility provided the pneumonia vaccine to 99.19355 percent of its residents. This nursing home was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
The next area we analyzed is nursing. We awarded this facility a C in that area. Nursing grades are heavily correlated with nurse staffing levels. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility actually fared better in some of the quality-based metrics we looked at. It scored well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Aurora Brule Nursing Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 7.28% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care minimizes the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 4.89% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are often associated with poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 3.77% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term care patients which have suffered from urinary tract infections. Although more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is problematic to compare between nursing homes due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 21.57% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for a variety of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 15.08% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are used to treat residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 7.26% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents demonstrating depressive symptoms. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 96.44% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 16.45% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence. Some would argue that this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 16.22% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 1.2 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 16.22 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 13.35 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 84.99% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.