Blue Ridge in the Fields is a senior living facility located in Ridgeway, South Carolina. This city has a population of 6,655 people. It looks like this facility is a relatively poor nursing home. A grade in this range suggests we found some red flags. This was not the worse facility we looked at, however, we would still be very reluctant to recommend it. Nevertheless, this facility did just fine in our inspections category, which you can read more about below.
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Blue Ridge in the Fields
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
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Registered Staff Hours
While we were not very complementary of this nursing home's overall score, it received a very impressive inspection report this year. In fact, it received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. As a result, it earned one of our highest grades in that category with an A. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. It is typically in your best interest to avoid nursing homes that had a long list of deficiencies. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G through L. This tells you that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
Moving on to the area of long-term care, this facility was awarded just a D in this area. Unfortunately, this wound up being its second best grade. Nursing homes that don't fare well in long-term care typically are not as well-staffed and are lagging in some of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. As it turns out, this nursing home administered the vaccine to only 11.891894 percent of its residents, which is several points lower than we expected. To our surprise, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than many nursing homes. This is its best score in this category.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home ended up receiving a a terrible grade in our short-term care category. It received an F in this area. Short-term care ratings are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a wide spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other variations of therapy. Considering its weak grade in this area, we weren't surprised to learn this place provides substantially fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most nursing homes. The last metric we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents that were able to return home from the facility. This facility struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 0 percent of its patients returning home. Unfortunately, this was well below average.
The next category we rated is nursing. Sadly, it received a lowly F for this area, which is a bottom of the barrel grade. Our nursing grade considers a host of data points. The most important factor is the number of hours nurses spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be measures of the quality of nursing care.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Blue Ridge in the Fields Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 9.93% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This measures the percent of long-term care patients who are suffering from pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a solid measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 3.01% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients which have had falls which caused severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be a sign of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 2.75% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that experienced urinary tract infections. Although a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it is problematic to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 14.27% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients for a variety of conditions, such as dementia. Unfortunately, in limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 20.84% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 2.84% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who are showing signs of depression. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 88.7% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 13.84% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 16.35% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 1.87 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 16.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Blue Ridge in the Fields, 12.8 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of care.
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