Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a large nursing home located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Featuring an overall rating of F, we consider this to be a very poor nursing home. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Nanticoke. The city has just one other nursing home. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this nursing home's profile is its strong inspection reports. You can scroll down to learn more about inspections and other category grades
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Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
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Registered Staff Hours
Although this facility's overall grade was as bad as it gets, it fared well in the category of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a B+ for that area, which is one of our better scores. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection scores. One key factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these end up being quite insignificant. This place was assessed 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be major deficiencies. This means that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies to cause an immediate threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.
Short-term Care Quality
Sadly, this facility only received a D for its short-term care score, which turns out to be one of its more favorable category scores. Our short-term care grades are crucial for individuals requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally utilizes higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a wide spectrum of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Considering its score in this area, we were not stunned to learn that this nursing home is well below average in terms of the number of registered nurse and physical therapy hours offered to its residents based on the data we assessed. Honestly, this was about what we expected here. Lastly, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that just 4.7 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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Unfortunately, we gave this facility an F for its nursing grade. There are quite a few subcategories included in this category. Most of the criteria reflect the quantity of nurse staffing. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing ratings. This nursing home fared well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we scored is long-term care, where this nursing home received a very poor score here as well. It received an F for this area, which is obviously a major concern. Nursing homes that receive this type of score in this category may not provide the type of consistent around the clock care that some other facilities offer. After considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination statistics. Frankly, we were a bit worried that this nursing home vaccinated 88.449844 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which happens to be quite a few points lower than average. To our surprise, this nursing home actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best score in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 11.07% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 5.17% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric gauges the percent of long-term care residents which had falls which caused serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 0.95% of Patients had UTIs
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients who had urinary tract infections. While a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it can be problematic to compare different nursing homes due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 10.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents given antipsychotic drugs. These medications may be used to treat several medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 8.15% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 0% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression could reveal worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 87.97% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 13.29% of Patients
This is the percent of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate the erosion of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 20.02% of Residents
This is the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 20.02% of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 12.03% of Patients
This 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 Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 58.15% of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many believe this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
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