Blue Hill Care Center is a small facility located in Blue Hill, Nebraska. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of C. A score of this caliber requires some decent marks. Based on our assessment, there are definitely much worse facilities out there. This facility did not meet our expectations in all of our categories, but it didn't receive any terrible grades either. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
Blue Hill Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
414 North Willson,
Blue Hill NE 68930
65.16% estimated occupancy 1
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- 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
We would like to point out that this nursing home's inspection grade exceeded its overall score. This facility earned a B+ in this category, which is a quality score. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better grades in this area typically have very few severe deficiencies. This nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This indicates that CMS did not consider any of these deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to resident health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies should not lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
Long-term Care Quality
Another one of this nursing home's more impressive category grades was in the area of long-term care. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of B. If you are seeking anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care grades. One of the factors we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccinations. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 66.44737 percent of its residents. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility's third best category ended up being short-term care. In that category, we gave this facility a C. Short-term care grades are often employed to measure a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation To provide highly rated rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer better levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly trained professionals. Unfortunately, we found that this nursing home provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. The tricky part is determining what bearing this had on the quality of care. The final item we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients who ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home. This figure was below the national average.
The final area we scored was nursing, proved to be this facility's worst category. We gave this nursing home a grade of D in this category. Our nursing rating consists of a handful of factors, most of which are tied to quantities of nurse staffing. This facility averaged just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in computing our nursing scores. This place performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls.
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, 6.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. 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, 4.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term care patients who suffered falls which resulted in major injury. We use this statistic in determining our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blue Hill Care Center, 3.53% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by poor nursing care. More frequent bathing can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blue Hill Care Center, 19.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. 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, 20.32% 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, 3.91% 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, 92.75% 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, 15.57% 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, 16.66% 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, 1.62 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, 16.66 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, 10.43 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, 76.12% 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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