With an address in Great Falls, Montana, Benefis Senior Services is the sole option we found there. This nursing home proved to be a very solid facility, with an overall grade of B. We also wanted to point out that this nursing home is based in a hospital. Typically, this indicates that more intensive healthcare services are offered. We were also pleased to find that this nursing home did not have any poor grades in any of the four major categories. Additional information about its category grades can be found below.
Benefis Senior Services
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
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Best Nursing Home in Great Falls, Montana Awards 2019
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To pair with its quality overall score, this nursing home received a B+ for its inspections rating. This is a relatively strong score in this category. Inspection grades weigh a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher grades in this area usually have few severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Additionally, this facility also was given favorable long-term care grades this year. Indeed, we awarded them one of our better scores in that category, with a grade of B+. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in long-term care it typically means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 95.9128 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this place 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 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 rating assesses the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We factor in both the levels of training of the nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Short-term Care Quality
Moving on to our fourth area, this facility received a respectable short-term care grade of B-. Short-term care grades are often used to judge a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation. To have good rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to feature better levels of highly skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who returned home from this nursing home. We found that 3.2 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Benefis Senior Services Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Benefis Senior Services, 8.33% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a reliable indicator of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Benefis Senior Services, 5.25% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients that suffered falls which resulted in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be a sign of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Benefis Senior Services, 3.32% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this metric may also be skewed for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Benefis Senior Services, 16.25% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Benefis Senior Services, 14.87% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term residents who were administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are commonly used to treat patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Benefis Senior Services, 5.28% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents demonstrating depressive symptoms. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Benefis Senior Services, 93.06% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Benefis Senior Services, 15.55% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Benefis Senior Services, 18.63% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term care patients that maintained mobility. Many would argue that mobility is important for patients physical and mental health.
In Benefis Senior Services, 1.15 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Benefis Senior Services, 18.63 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Benefis Senior Services, 12.8 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint 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 gauge short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Benefis Senior Services, 74.36% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with ADL's generally correlates with superior rehabilitation.