With an address in Great Falls, Montana, Benefis Senior Services is the sole option we found there. With an overall grade of B+, this nursing home is one of the 50 best facilities in Montana. We also want to point out that this place is based in a hospital. Typically, this indicates that more intensive medical services are offered. This nursing home also received consistently good scores in each of the major categories. More information about its category grades is available below.
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Benefis Senior Services
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
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Top Nursing Home in Montana Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Great Falls, Montana Awards 2019
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home received a strong overall score as described above, but we especially wanted to emphasize its excellent short-term care score. We gave them an A- in this category. In the area of short-term care, we try to qualify indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 4.8 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
We also awarded this nursing home a grade of A- for our nursing grade. Nursing grades are primarily associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving a resident more frequently.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to our next area, this facility also earned a score of B+ for its long-term care rating. This is an above average score in this category. When facilities receive this kind of grade in long-term care it is typically a good sign for resident care and indicates that the place is well-staffed with nurses and aids. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 96.969696 percent of its residents, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is often a dangerous ailment for nursing home patients so we like it when a nursing home doesn't roll the dice on this issue. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Finally, we also gave this facility a score of B for our inspections category. This nursing home didn't have any major weaknesses. Inspection scores weigh several factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher scores in this category usually have few severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a good inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Benefis Senior Services Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Benefis Senior Services, 7.25% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric is is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients which developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a great measure of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Benefis Senior Services, 4.29% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients that suffered a fall resulting in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Benefis Senior Services, 3.29% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often linked to nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. More frequent bathing limits the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this metric is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Benefis Senior Services, 14.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is an indication of the percent of long-term stay patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some nursing homes need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Benefis Senior Services, 12.3% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Benefis Senior Services, 1.61% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Benefis Senior Services, 97.04% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Benefis Senior Services, 14.33% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Benefis Senior Services, 22.77% of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is often a great sign for residents' health.
In Benefis Senior Services, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Benefis Senior Services, 22.77% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Benefis Senior Services, 7.58% of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Benefis Senior Services, 73.5% of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.