With an address in Forest Lake, Minnesota, Birchwood Health Care Center is the lone facility we identified in this area. We gave this facility an overall grade of B-. A score of this caliber requires some solid marks. As far as we can see, this place is a solid choice for quite a few people. One of the best aspects of this facility's profile is its remarkable inspection reports, which you can find in the next section.
Birchwood Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Dialysis Transportation
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Bariatric Care
Registered Staff Hours
We want to point out that this facility outperformed its overall grade in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless government inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our best scores in that area with an A. Inspection scores weigh several factors, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
Another one of this facility's higher category scores was in the area of short-term care. In that category, we gave this facility a B. In crafting these short-term care scores, we quantify the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our goal is to create a measure for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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We also gave this nursing home a decent score in the category of nursing care, with a grade of B-. Our nursing grade includes several datapoints. The most important factor is the quantity of hours nurses spent with patients. This nursing home provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. This is a somewhat discouraging figure as it is well below average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this nursing home surprisingly fared better in some of the quality-based metrics we looked at. It scored well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be reliable measures of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is just as important as the quantity of hours of care provided.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we rated is long-term care, which ended up being this facility's worst category. We gave this nursing home a D in that category. Unfortunately, this category pulled down the nursing home's overall grade a bit. For residents looking for a permanent residence rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the vaccine to 97.59615 percent of its residents, which is an above average datapoint. To our surprise, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Birchwood Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 6.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 4.32% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a fall leading to severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 2.81% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this statistic can be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 16.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 12.17% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients which are given antianxiety medication. These drugs are given to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 4.73% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 93.57% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 13.28% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of deterioration of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 20.05% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that remained mobile levels. Some experts would argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' physical and mental well-being.
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 1.26 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 20.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 12.78 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Birchwood Health Care Center, 76.19% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some argue that this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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