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Aurora Brule Nursing Home

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Aurora Brule Nursing Home's website

408 South Johnston Street,
White Lake SD 57383

(605) 249-2216

90% estimated occupancy 1

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.

Quick Details

  • 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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

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.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing rating. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of B. Our nursing rating analyzes a handful of datapoints, but the most important one is the quantity of nurse hours per patient per week. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

This facility also was given a strong grade in our short-term care category. We gave this nursing home an above average grade of B in this area. With our short-term care grade, we seek to create a meaningful measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we analyze a facility's offerings of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 4.7 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The next area we scored was long-term care. This facility was awarded a C for this category. Our long-term care ratings are more meaningful for residents needing more conventional assistance related to personal care. On top of assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Thankfully, this nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients, which is a very respectable statistic. Lastly, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Aurora Brule Nursing Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 6.6% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 5.44% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Major falls which result in injury are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 3.35% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic gauges the percent of long-term care residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. While a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to varying reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 19.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to patients for many conditions, such as dementia. Tragically, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 14.63% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients receiving antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 4.93% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term care residents showing depressive symptoms. Many believe this is a reasonable measure of quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 94.89% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 16.78% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 21.3% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 1.08 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 21.3 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 10.25 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 79.4% Percentage of Resident

This metric measures the percentage of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue that this is a measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.