With an address in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation is the sole facility we found in the area. With an overall grade of B+, this nursing home should work for most prospective patients. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities nationally. This facility's impressive profile was highlighted by its inspection score, which we will address in the next paragraph.
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Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
5085 Eagleston Blvd,
Wesley Chapel FL 33544
87.07% estimated occupancy 1
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining our inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these are quite insignificant. Unfortunately, we weren't able to track down information on deficiency's for this nursing home. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home was awarded strong scores in the area of short-term care as well. As a result, we gave it one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A-. In determining our short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other types of therapists. This rating is considered to be a meaningful assessment of the nursing home's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the percentage of patients who who were able to eventually return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to our third category, this facility also received a score of B for its long-term care rating. This is an above average score in this category. For patients looking for a permanent place to live rather than rehabilitation, long-term care grades are an important measure. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 92.134834 percent of its residents, which is slightly less than we were hoping for. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
The last area we scored was this nursing home's poorest category. Nevertheless, even in its weakest link we still gave it an acceptable grade of B- in nursing. Nursing scores are mostly associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. This place averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per patient per day, which is well below average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility fared better in some of the quality-based metrics we looked at. In fact, it scored well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be indicators of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is every bit as important as the quantity of hours of care offered.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 9.19% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 2.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term care residents which sustained a fall resulting in serious injury. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 1.78% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric may be skewed for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 10.42% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used for several conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 21.31% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 2.53% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients demonstrating symptoms of depression. Some argue this is a measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 95.81% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 12.69% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the deterioration of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 14.03% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that remained mobile levels.
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 2.07 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 14.03 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 9.64 Percentage of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Blue Heron Health and Rehabilitation, 77.72% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percentage of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts argue that this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.