Located in Blue Hill, Nebraska, Blue Hill Care Center is the lone nursing home located in this area. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A score in this range requires some decent marks. Based on our ratings, there are definitely much worse places out there. We were also pleased to find that this place was consistent in each of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories is available below.
Blue Hill Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a respectable nursing home overall, this facility also excelled in the category of inspections, where it received an A-. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Inspection grades are tied to many items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this area typically have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. While this place had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
In addition, we awarded this facility a B+ in our long-term care category. This happens to be one of our more impressive grades. If you are seeking anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care grades. One of the statistics we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccines. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to 77.77778 percent of its residents. Although its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we hoped for, at least this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third most favorable area we awarded this nursing home in any category came in the area of short-term care, where we awarded it a grade of C. In computing our short-term care grades, we scrutinize a facility's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This category is typically a useful assessment of the facility's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 4.5 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below average.
The final area we looked at was nursing. This facility was given a C in this category. Nursing grades are mostly associated with a nursing home's nurse staffing. This place averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day, which is not an impressive total. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place surprisingly excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In fact, it scored well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Blue Hill Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Blue Hill Care Center, 5.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blue Hill Care Center, 4.88% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blue Hill Care Center, 3.69% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely caused by poor nursing care. However, this statistic may also be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blue Hill Care Center, 18.23% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to residents for many conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Blue Hill Care Center, 19.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blue Hill Care Center, 4.27% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blue Hill Care Center, 93.22% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blue Hill Care Center, 15.08% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blue Hill Care Center, 21.04% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percentage of long-term stay residents who maintained mobility. Many in the industry would argue that mobility is critical to patients mental and physical health.
In Blue Hill Care Center, 1.25 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blue Hill Care Center, 21.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Blue Hill Care Center, 8.88 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Blue Hill Care Center, 77.94% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some argue this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation performance.
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