Birch View Nursing Center is an average-sized nursing home located in Birch Tree, Missouri. This facility appears to be one of the higher-graded facilities we looked at. A score of this caliber requires high-end marks across the board. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top quarter of all nursing homes in the United States. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive report card was its inspection reports. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph
Birch View Nursing Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
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With an overall grade this high, it should come as no surprise that this facility excelled in inspections, where it earned an A. Inspection grades account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Places with better grades in this area generally have few severe deficiencies. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This means 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
On the list of its many elite grades, this facility received an excellent long-term care score. In fact, it received a score of A- in this category. When facilities receive this type of score in this category it is typically a good sign for patient care and suggests that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses aids. After considering the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 99.37107 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is much higher than most nursing homes. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
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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+. Our nursing rating looks at the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We consider both the levels of training of the nurses and the quantity of hours spent with residents. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics 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 facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of turning patients at least once a day.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the final area, this facility was awarded a very strong short-term care grade. We awarded it a grade of B+ in that area, topping off one of our finer report cards. Our short-term care scores are considered to be most critical for people in need of a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally utilizes additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not only nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last metric we considered in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 6.1 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Birch View Nursing Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Birch View Nursing Center, 9.32% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Birch View Nursing Center, 3.98% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a fall which resulted in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Birch View Nursing Center, 3.42% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often caused by worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this metric can also be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Birch View Nursing Center, 20.31% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term residents which are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of residents with cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Birch View Nursing Center, 24.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are administered to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Birch View Nursing Center, 4.11% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents showing depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression may imply a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Birch View Nursing Center, 88.89% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Birch View Nursing Center, 14.76% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Birch View Nursing Center, 15.81% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Birch View Nursing Center, 1.64 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Birch View Nursing Center, 15.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Birch View Nursing Center, 11.79 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the quality of care.