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Aurora Brule Nursing Home

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: F
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Aurora Brule Nursing Home's website

408 South Johnston Street,
White Lake SD 57383

(605) 249-2216

99.7% 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 was given an F, which is definitely concerning in our grading scheme. If you are not satisfied with this facility's pedestrian overall grade, you may have to look in other cities as this is the only nursing home in White Lake. In spite of all this, this facility surprisingly performed well in our inspections category, which you can read more about below.

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

Awards

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota badge

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota Awards 2020

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota badge

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it actually received a very impressive inspection report this year. As a result, it earned one of our best grades in that category with an A-. Perhaps the most critical factor we look at in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. It is typically best to avoid facilities that had a long list of severe deficiencies. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

Sadly, this facility's next best category was long-term care. However, with a D in this category, it still fared somewhat poorly. If you are looking for services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care ratings. One of the criteria we considered after nursing hours was vaccinations. Fortunately, this facility provided the pneumonia vaccine to 99.07407 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this facility also keeps its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The third category we looked at is short-term care, where this nursing home received an F. In computing these short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our goal is to formulate a scale for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. As you might expect, we discovered that this facility provides significantly less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than a typical facility. The last item we considered in this area is the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. This facility struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 0 percent of its patients returning home. This was well below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

The final area we graded is nursing, in which this facility received a rock bottom grade here also. We gave it an F in this category, which is definitely a major concern. When calculating a facility's nursing grade, we look at the quantity of hours nurses commit to residents as well as the skill levels of the nurses. With a meager 0 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis, this facility's nurse staffing levels were far below the national average. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in computing our nursing ratings. This facility fared well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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Aurora Brule Nursing Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: F

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric indicates the percent of long-term patients who suffered from pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 5.62% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls leading to injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 3.42% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to nursing homes having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 19.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used for treating a variety of medical conditions, including dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 15.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are prescribed antianxiety medication. These drugs are commonly used to treat residents suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 4.79% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are showing depressive symptoms. Many in the industry would argue this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A-minus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 95.19% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 16.7% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the decline of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 19.23% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that retained mobility levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: F

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

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

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 19.23 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 10.33 Percentage of Patients

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

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Aurora Brule Nursing Home, 80.24% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.