Located in Guntersville, Alabama, Barfield Health Care is one of only two available nursing homes there. This is a very good facility. We gave this it an overall grade of B+, which is very good score. At the end of the day, this facility looks like a solid choice for most people. The best part of this nursing home's strong report card is its inspection score. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section
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Barfield Health Care
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Dialysis Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Bariatric Care
- Oncology Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving an elite overall score, this facility earned an A+ inspection rating. This score is based on its recent government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the best complements we can offer a nursing home. These inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Among the reasons we rated this facility so well is that it was given a strong long-term care score. Indeed, long-term care ended up being its second most favorable category score. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of A-. For prospective patients in need of a permanent residence rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 92.926834 percent of its patients. This is a bit less than we expected but still a reasonably acceptable percentage. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B. Our nursing grade weighs a number of factors. The most important factor is the quantity of hours nurses spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
The final category we looked at was short-term care, which turned out to be a weak spot for this facility. We awarded this facility a grade of D in the area of short-term care, making this the nursing home's worst category grade. We'd nevertheless suggest that you consider all of a nursing home's grades. In forming these short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The goal is to devise a scale for comparing the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. In this place's case, we found that it offers fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the typical facility. The last statistic we considered in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 4 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor metrics doomed this nursing home's short-term care score.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Barfield Health Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Barfield Health Care, 6.43% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Barfield Health Care, 4.39% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care . Falls which result in injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Barfield Health Care, 5.54% of Patients had UTIs
This metric tells you the percent of long-term residents who have experienced urinary tract infections. UTI's may be a sign of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this metric may also be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Barfield Health Care, 30.03% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Barfield Health Care, 25.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Barfield Health Care, 1.03% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Barfield Health Care, 94.17% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Barfield Health Care, 20.54% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Barfield Health Care, 15.02% of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Barfield Health Care, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Barfield Health Care, 15.02% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Barfield Health Care, 12.01% of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to assess patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Barfield Health Care, 73.36% of Resident
This is the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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