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Autumn Care of Drexel

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Autumn Care of Drexel's website

307 Oakland Avenue,
Morganton NC 28655

(828) 433-6180

80.09% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Morganton, North Carolina, Autumn Care of Drexel is one of only three available nursing homes in this area. This facility is a subpar nursing home. A grade of this caliber suggests we found a few red flags. Unfortunately, this grade isn't too far off the city grade for Morganton, which is a C. Nevertheless, you still ought to be able to do better More information on this nursing home's category grades is available below. Its best category is short-term care, which is discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management

Awards

Top Nursing Home in North Carolina badge

Top Nursing Home in North Carolina Awards 2020

Best Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina badge

Best Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina Awards 2020

Best Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina badge

Best Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Although we were not high on this nursing home overall, we awarded it an A- for short-term care. This score is far more impressive than its overall grade, which could have been even worse without this category. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we scrutinize the nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This rating is typically a useful assessment of a facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data they 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 nursing home. We found that 6 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

We also want to point out that this facility received a decent grade in our nursing category. We awarded it a grade of B- in the area. In computing a facility's nursing score, we weigh the amount of time nurses are caring for patients and the levels of training of those nurses. This particular facility provided just 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This figure is significantly below average. Finally, nursing ratings also factor in quality-based metrics, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours per resident, this nursing home performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is often a reliable indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a facility supplies enough nurses aids to assist its residents.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This nursing home's second lowest score is long-term care, where it earned just a D in that category. This is a well below average score. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary objective is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. One of the datapoints we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccines. Fortunately, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has fewer hospitalizations than most nursing homes. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

In the final category of inspections, this facility had an abysmal showing. Sadly, it received an F in our inspection category. This happens to be our most heavily weighted category in our overall grading system. For places with bad inspection ratings, you should really focus on any severe deficiencies found on their inspection reports. This particular nursing home had 3 deficiencies by government inspectors. The only favorable thing we can say is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that indicate that they created a threat to resident safety or health. Lastly, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that this nursing home received large government fines recently exceeding $50,000. This usually indicates that government inspectors became frustrated after multiple years of failed health inspections.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Autumn Care of Drexel Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 10.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that suffered from pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a reliable indicator of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of long-term patients that sustained a fall which resulted in severe injury. We use this statistic in calculating nursing ratings.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 3.21% of Patients had UTIs

This metric gauges the percent of long-term care patients that have had urinary tract infections. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare different facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 11.74% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 22.05% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 3.01% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who are showing signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 87.89% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these vaccines critical to patient safety.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 18.87% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and eating. Some argue this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 24.57% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percent of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 1.39 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 24.57 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 11.81 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Autumn Care of Drexel, 72.58% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Carolinas Healthcare System-Blue RidgeAcute Care Hospitals 4.13 miles away2201 S Sterling St Morganton North Carolina 28655Proprietary(828) 580-5000
  • Caldwell Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 11.12 miles away321 Mulberry St Sw Lenoir North Carolina 28645Voluntary non-profit - Other(828) 757-5100
  • Frye Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 14.73 miles away420 N Center St Hickory North Carolina 28601Proprietary(828) 322-6070
  • Catawba Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.99 miles away810 Fairgrove Church Rd Hickory North Carolina 28602Voluntary non-profit - Other(828) 326-3809

Nearby Dialysis

  • Bma of Burke County Inc6.26 miles away814 West Union St Morganton North Carolina 28655CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 36 (828) 439-8489
  • Bma of Lenoir Inc11.1 miles away322 Mulberry Street Sw Lenoir North Carolina 28645CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 34 (828) 754-5322
  • Davita Catawba County Dialysis16.52 miles away1900 3rd Avenue Lane Se Hickory North Carolina 28602Dialysis Stations: 10 (828) 304-0102
  • Fmc Dialysis Services of Hickory16.56 miles away1899 Tate Blvd Ste 1103 Hickory North Carolina 28602CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 35 (828) 324-9580
  • Bio-Medical Applications of North Carolina, Inc.16.56 miles away1899 Tate Blvd Se Suite 2102 Hickory North Carolina 28602Dialysis Stations: 5 (828) 304-0018
  • Bio-Medical Applications of North Carolina, Inc.19.99 miles away3802 Startown Rd Newton North Carolina 28658Dialysis Stations: 15 (828) 465-2006