Autumn Care of Saluda Center is the sole option we were able to find in Saluda, North Carolina. Featuring an overall rating of B-, this is likely a solid nursing home. This place seems to have some things going for it. This nursing home is better in some categories than others, but it didn't have any bad scores in any of the major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
Autumn Care of Saluda Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Registered Staff Hours
This nursing home earned a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its nearly flawless inspections in recent years. We gave them an A in this category. Arguably the most critical factor we consider in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better grades in this category typically dodged the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. While this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in the industry.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility also was given a positive long-term care grade. Indeed, we awarded it a grade of B in that area, which is one of our better. Long-term care grades in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping patients out of the hospital. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Next, we looked at the nursing category where we awarded this nursing home a grade of B-, which is a decent grade. We scrutinized the qualifications of nurses working for the facility, in addition to the quantity of time the nurses were with residents, in determining our grade in this area. This facility provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures. Although this nursing home got docked a bit for nursing hours, it actually excelled in some of these quality metrics. With fewer than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it fared well in this area. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a policy of moving residents more frequently.
Short-term Care Quality
The next category we analyzed is short-term care. We gave it a grade of C in that area. This is a fair grade in this category. Short-term care grades are often employed to score a facility's performance with rehabilitation. In order to provide highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer higher levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other highly skilled individuals. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 4.5 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Autumn Care of Saluda Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 10.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely caused by poor nursing care. Better nursing care minimizes the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 3.21% of Patients had UTIs
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients which have sustained urinary tract infections. UTI's could be an indicator of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint may also be misleading for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 11.74% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic measures the percentage of long-term patients who are given antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some facilities need to rely more on these medications due to having more residents suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 22.05% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 3.01% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Increased rates of depression could be an indicator lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 87.89% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 18.87% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 24.57% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients who were able to retain mobility. Many would argue that the ability to move around is critical to patients health.
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 1.39 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 24.57 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 Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 11.81 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 Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 72.58% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with ADL's usually correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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