Bethany on the Lake is an average-sized facility located in Alexandria, Minnesota. With an overall grade of A+, this facility is one of the most elite nursing homes we looked at. We were so impressed with this facility that we rated it as one of the top 500 facilities in the nation. Headlining this facility's stellar report card is its short-term care score, which is addressed in the next section.
Bethany on the Lake
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
1020 Lark Street,
Alexandria MN 56308
89.51% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ short-term care grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. Short-term care ratings are based on a facility's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a wide range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. This nursing home is above the national average both in terms of its quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents. These are generally good indicators of quality short-term care. The last metric we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that it performed as well as just about any facility in Minnesota in this area with 67.3 percent of its residents returning home.
Long-term Care Quality
We also awarded this nursing home a score of A+ for its long-term care grade. When nursing homes receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. After assessing the significant amount of nursing care provided by this facility, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is significantly higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. This combination proved to be effective as this nursing home was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Continuing with its first-class performance, this facility also earned an A+ inspection score. This grade is based on its recent government inspection reports. An A+ in this category is one of the highest complements we can pay to a facility. Inspection scores account for several factors included in a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher grades in this area tend to have very few of these severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the government inspectors didn't deem 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.
Switching gears to the last category, this nursing home also performed well in the nursing category. We gave it an A for this category. This rounded out a straight A report card. We looked at the skill-level of nurses at the nursing home, as well as the quantity of time the nurses spent with residents, in determining our grade in this area. This facility provides an incredible 4.1 hours of nursing care per patient each day. Out of this total, many of the hours were provided by registered nurses, which is one of the more highly trained levels of nurses. On top of offering high levels of care, this facility also excelled in several of the quality-based metrics we looked at. With less than 5 percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it fared as well as any facility the country in this category. This is generally an indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Many pressure ulcers could be prevented by providing better nursing care and a system of turning residents more often.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Bethany on the Lake Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Bethany on the Lake, 6.9% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Bethany on the Lake, 4.36% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a fall which caused severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Bethany on the Lake, 2.82% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely linked to facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better hygiene protocols can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Bethany on the Lake, 16.53% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Bethany on the Lake, 12.02% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients that were administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are given to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Bethany on the Lake, 4.55% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents demonstrating depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression could be an indicator a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Bethany on the Lake, 94.12% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Bethany on the Lake, 13.22% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could indicate decline of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Bethany on the Lake, 19.91% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percentage of long-term stay patients that were able to retain mobility.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Bethany on the Lake, 19.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Bethany on the Lake, 12.78 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Bethany on the Lake, 76.23% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of independence with ADL's typically correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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