Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown is an average-sized nursing home located in Chestertown, Maryland. This facility was awarded an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the road grade. You can definitely do worse than this nursing home. One of the highlights of this nursing home's profile is its strong inspection grade, which you can find in the next paragraph.
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
415 Morgnec Road,
Chestertown MD 21620
70.43% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
The primary reason this facility received a decent overall score is its impeccable government inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our higher grades in that area, with an A-. This is a notably better grade than the facility's overall grade, which was decent but certainly not elite. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to an additional strength for this nursing home, it also received a high-end short-term care grade. Indeed, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A-. Short-term care scores are meaningful for prospective residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally requires additional skilled nursing. This includes a wide spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, this nursing home offers both physical therapists and registered nurses. Not all facilities offer both. Lastly, we looked at the number of residents that returned home from this facility. We found that it fared as well as just about any nursing home in the country in this area with 66.3 percent of its residents returning home. Most facilities are below 50 percent in this statistic.
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This nursing home's next best category was nursing. We awarded it a grade of C in this category. This is basically a middle of the road grade in this category. Nursing scores are largely associated with the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided just 3.2 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Finally, we also baked some quality measures into our nursing grades. This nursing home was relatively weak in a few of the major areas we focus on, with below average scores for minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. These areas are generally good indicators of the quality of nursing care offered.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we graded is long-term care, which ended up being this nursing home's weakest category. We gave it an abysmal F for this area, which is clearly a major concern. If you are looking for services other than short-term rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each facility's long-term care scores. One of the factors we considered on top of nursing hours was vaccinations. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.39 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has less hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 10.37% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 2.84% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of nursing care . Major falls resulting in injury are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 2.06% of Patients had UTIs
This gauges the percentage of long-term residents that have sustained a UTI. UTI's may be an indicator of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint can also be skewed for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 13.07% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for many conditions, including cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 14.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that are administered antianxiety medication. These medications are typically used to treat patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 9.93% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many argue this is a reliable measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 92.59% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 19.84% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of deterioration of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 30.1% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 0.99 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 30.1 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 8.92 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown, 73.71% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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