Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation is a very-large government-owned nursing home located in Leesport, Pennsylvania. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B+. A grade of this caliber requires above average scores in most areas. Based on our ratings, you could do much worse than this place. The best aspect of this nursing home's strong report card was its inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section
Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - County
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is it earned an A+ inspection grade. This is as good as it gets in this very important area. Our inspection grades are based on pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that receive favorable grades in this category have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these facilities should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that the inspectors didn't 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
In addition, this nursing home also was given favorable long-term care scores in our assessment. In fact, we gave them one of our stronger grades in that area, with a grade of B+. Nursing homes that receive this type of score in this category typically provide consistent around the clock care to make sure residents are well cared for. Once we assessed the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 99.56102 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients healthy. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. When calculating our nursing ratings, we analyze both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the training levels of the nurses. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
The last category we looked at is nursing, is this nursing home's worst category. We awarded this nursing home a grade of D in this category. This is one of just a few dings of an otherwise strong report card. In the area of short-term care, we strive to evaluate indicators of a facility's rehabilitation services. We assess a nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. Unfortunately, we discovered that this facility offers less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most facilities. The final datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of patients that eventually returned home from the facility. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this metric as well, with just 2.5 percent of its patients returning home. Unfortunately, this was well below the national average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 7.59% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients that sustained a fall which caused major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing our nursing ratings.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1.9% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 15.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are used for a variety of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 19.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure measures the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 3.12% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 88.22% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 14.84% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Many would argue that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 21.64% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 21.64 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 8.92 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Berks Heim Nursing & Rehabilitation, 72.59% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many argue this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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