Autumn Care of Saluda Center is an average-sized nursing home located in Saluda, North Carolina. Sporting an overall score of C, this is likely a decent nursing home. This place has a few things working in its favor. This facility did not fare well in every category we looked at, but it did not receive any terrible grades either. Additional information about its category grades can be found below.
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Autumn Care of Saluda Center
- Nursing Home
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
- 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
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Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its decent overall score, we awarded this nursing home an A for our inspections rating. This is far more impressive than the facility's overall score. Our inspection grades weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this category generally have few severe deficiencies. This facility was assessed 8 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.
Long-term Care Quality
The next best area we awarded this nursing home in any area came in the category of long-term care, where we gave it a B-. Our long-term care grades are based in part on a facility's amount of nursing care. This means a broad scope of personal care services, ranging from assistance with activities of daily living to routine medical services. One of the criteria we considered in addition to nursing hours is vaccinations. Fortunately, this facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. Lastly, this nursing home was also able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Another strength of this facility is its favorable grade in nursing. We gave them one of our better scores in that area, with an impressive grade of D. There are quite a few subcategories within this area. Many of the factors reflect the quantity of nurse staffing. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing scores. This nursing home performed well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Short-term Care Quality
The last area we assessed is short-term care, proved to be this facility's weakest area. We awarded this facility a D in that category. Our short-term care ratings are probably more important for individuals in need of rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation typically requires more skilled nursing services. This includes not just nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Based on its score in this area, we weren't surprised to find that this nursing home is well below average in terms of the number of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the data we assessed. Honestly, this was what we expected here. The final statistic we looked at in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.5 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar statistics was damning for this nursing home's short-term care score.
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, 4.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term stay residents who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an indicator of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 3.59% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that have had a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 1.21% of Patients had UTIs
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents which suffered from a urinary tract infection. Although more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is problematic to compare different nursing homes due to differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 14.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric tells you the percentage of long-term residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some facilities need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 28.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 0.44% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Higher levels of depression may imply lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 100% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 4.5% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and bathing. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 7.11% of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 7.11% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 12.27% of Patients
This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to assess the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Autumn Care of Saluda Center, 70.4% of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some believe that this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
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