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Buchanan Healthcare Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
Oct 18: DNov 18: DDec 18: DJan 19: DFeb 19: DMar 19: CApr 19: FMay 19: FJun 19: FJul 19: DAug 19: DSep 19: DApr 20: FMay 20: FJun 20: FJul 20: FAug 20: FSep 20: FOct 20: FJan 21: FFeb 21: FMar 21: DApr 21: FMay 21: FJun 21: FJul 21: FAug 21: FSep 21: FOct 21: FNov 21: FJan 22: FFeb 22: FMar 22: FApr 22: DMay 22: DJun 22: D
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Buchanan Healthcare Center's website

144 Depot Street,
Buchanan GA 30113

(770) 646-5512

77.83% estimated occupancy 1

Buchanan Healthcare Center is a small facility in Buchanan, Georgia. This is a subpar facility, with an overall grade of D. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Buchanan. The city has just one other nursing home. This place's only redeeming quality is its inspection score, which you can find more information about below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

Although we did not rate this facility favorably overall, we want to point out its nearly flawless government inspections in recent years. We awarded them an A+ in this category. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be relatively minor. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

Moving on to the category of long-term care, this nursing home was awarded just a D in this area. Unfortunately, this ended up being one of its better grades. Long-term care scores in this range generally are a bad sign for the quantity and quality of care provided by nurses and aids. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. We were a bit alarmed this nursing home provided the vaccine to a relatively low 85.71429 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this place was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.03 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This is its best feature in this category.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The next area we assessed is short-term care. This nursing home's received a low-end short-term care grade where it received an F. Our short-term care ratings are thought to be most important for those needing rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation typically utilizes higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. With a grade of this caliber in this area, we were not surprised to find that this place was below average in the two key staffing metrics we looked at. It supplied far fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most other nursing homes. Finally, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return home from this facility. This nursing home didn't fare well here either. In fact, we found that just 4.2 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

The last category we looked at is nursing. This facility was given a bottom of the barrel grade of F in this category. Our nursing score includes several subcategories, most of which are associated with nursing hours. This nursing home provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This figure is quite a bit below the national average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing scores. This facility fared well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these data points to be measures of the quality of nursing care.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Buchanan Healthcare Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: F

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 10.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 3.1% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents that have had a fall which resulted in serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 3.23% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes linked to insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 18.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of long-term care residents which are administered antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 21.48% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic tells you the percent of long-term stay patients which are administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 5.43% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are demonstrating signs of depression. Some argue that this is a measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 93.26% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 17.3% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate the erosion of a patient's medical condition.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-plus

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 23.05% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percentage of patients that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: F

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 1.51 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: F

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 23.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 11.54 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Buchanan Healthcare Center, 69.88% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percent of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Higgins General HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 6.42 miles away200 Allen Memorial Drive Bremen Georgia 30110Government - Hospital District or Authority(770) 812-2000
  • Polk Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 14.58 miles away2360 Rockmart Highway Cedartown Georgia 30125Voluntary non-profit - Private(770) 748-2500
  • Tanner Medical Center Villa RicaAcute Care Hospitals 15.77 miles away601 Dallas Highway Villa Rica Georgia 30180Government - Hospital District or Authority(770) 456-3101
  • Tanner Medical Center - CarrolltonAcute Care Hospitals 17.22 miles away705 Dixie Street Carrollton Georgia 30117Government - Hospital District or Authority(770) 836-9580

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care Bremen6.83 miles away108 Redding Drive Bremen Georgia 30110Dialysis Stations: 16 (770) 537-0222
  • North Carrollton Dialysis13.95 miles away195 Parkwood Cir Carrollton Georgia 30117Dialysis Stations: 12 (770) 832-8959
  • Fmcna Villa Rica15.99 miles away130 Prospector Dr Villa Rica Georgia 30180Dialysis Stations: 16 (770) 459-7135
  • Fresenius Medical Care Carrol County17.2 miles away157 Clinic Avenue Suite 102 Carrollton Georgia 30117CMS Rating: 1 stars Dialysis Stations: 26 (770) 832-2202
  • Bio-Medical Applications of Georgia, Inc.17.22 miles away14 Cherokee Rd Suite A Cedartown Georgia 30125Dialysis Stations: 17 (770) 748-2567