Avalon Springs Place is an average-sized non-profit facility in Mercer, Pennsylvania. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of B+. A score of this caliber requires solid scores in most areas. As far as we can see, this facility is a solid choice for most people. The best part of this facility's impressive report card was its inspection grade. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section
Avalon Springs Place
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
745 Greenville Road,
Mercer PA 16137
65.9% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Amputee Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this ended up being a great nursing home is it received an A+ in our inspections category. This is just about as good as it gets in this critical area. Inspection grades are based on many pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that excel in this category typically have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this place had a few deficiencies on its report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the category of long-term care. We gave them one of our stronger grades in that area, with a score of B+. For patients looking for a permanent residence rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. After we finished looking at the amount of nursing care, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 81.16592 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third category we analyzed is short-term care. In that area, we gave this facility a solid grade of B-. Our short-term care scores are probably most critical for folks requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates additional skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means not only nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last item we considered in this area is the number of residents that eventually returned home from the facility. We found that just 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
Moving on to our next category, this facility received an acceptable nursing rating. Even though this is not nearly as elite as a few of its other grades, this is really a middle of the pack score. There are quite a few subcategories within this category. Many of the data points are tied to nurse staffing. This nursing home averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis, which is well below average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place actually fared better in some of the quality measures we assessed. In fact, it scored well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Avalon Springs Place Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Avalon Springs Place, 7.59% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Avalon Springs Place, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Falls are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Avalon Springs Place, 1.9% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Avalon Springs Place, 15.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Avalon Springs Place, 19.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term residents who were prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are commonly given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Avalon Springs Place, 3.12% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term patients demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Avalon Springs Place, 88.22% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Avalon Springs Place, 14.84% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Avalon Springs Place, 21.64% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were able to retain mobility. Many argue that mobility is vital to patients mental and physical well-being.
In Avalon Springs Place, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Avalon Springs Place, 21.64 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Avalon Springs Place, 72.59% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation performance.
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