Located in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Beacon Brook Health Center is the only nursing home we found there. This nursing home was given an overall grade of B-, which is a decent score. Based on our analysis, this nursing home has some redeeming qualities. One of the better aspects of this nursing home's report card is its strong inspection reports, which we will address in the next section.
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Beacon Brook Health Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Oncology Care
- Blood Administration
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Catheter Care
- Lymphedema Care
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
This nursing home received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its excellent government inspections in recent years. We awarded them an A- in this category. Inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better grades in this category typically have few severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
Another one of this nursing home's more favorable category scores was in the area of long-term care. In that area, we gave this nursing home a B+. If you are seeking services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care grades. On top of looking at the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 90.10989 percent of its patients. This is a few points lower than we expected but still a decent figure. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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This nursing home's nursing grade appears to be one of its better features. The facility received a grade of B- in this category. Our nursing grade looks at the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We look at both the levels of skill of those nurses and the amount of time spent with patients. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Lastly, nursing scores also consider quality-based metrics, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours per resident, this nursing home actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is generally a good indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a nursing home supplies enough nurses aids to assist its residents.
Short-term Care Quality
Our next category is short-term care, where we gave this nursing home a grade of C in that category. Our short-term care ratings are arguably more important for residents in need of rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation usually requires more skilled nursing services. This includes not only nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. We weren't able to track down information on registered nurse or physical therapy staffing for this nursing home. The last measure we assessed in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that just 4.7 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is actually below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Beacon Brook Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 8.34% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 3.61% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients who suffered a fall leading to major injury. We use this statistic in computing our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 2.72% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 15.41% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for a variety of medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 16.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 10.52% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 87.7% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 15.48% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 15.42% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 2.09 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 15.42 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 10.47 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Beacon Brook Health Center, 76.57% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with ADL's usually correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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