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Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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105 Landmark Drive,
Stuart VA 24171

(276) 694-7161

72.47% estimated occupancy 1

Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection is a nursing home in Stuart, Virginia, which has a total of 8,250 people. This nursing home received an overall grade of D, which is a well below average score. This place has very little going for it. If you aren't deterred by this facility's report card, you can continue reading to find out about its category scores. We discuss inspections in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

While we were fairly low on this nursing home overall, we awarded it an A for our inspections rating. This score is far more impressive than the facility's overall grade. Our inspection grades are based on several datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Deficiencies are a key item to look for on these reports. You should especially avoid nursing homes with severe deficiencies associated with risks to resident well being. This nursing home was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be severe. This tells you that the government inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to pose an imminent risk to resident health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This nursing home's next most respectable score was short-term care, but it nevertheless earned a grade of just D in that category. This turns out to be a well below average grade. With our short-term care assessment, we attempt to forge a fair measure for rehabilitation services. In doing so, we look at a facility's levels of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Given its score in this category, we weren't stunned to learn that this place is well below average in terms of the quantity of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its residents based on the figures we assessed. Honestly, this was what we expected to find. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that it performed better in this area, with 50.8 percent of its patients returning home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

We were stunned to find that this facility also excelled in nursing. We gave it an D for that category, which is one of our best scores. Our nursing grade considers numerous datapoints. The most heavily weighted one is the quantity of hours nurses spend with patients. With just 3 hours of nursing care per patient daily, this nursing home's nurse staffing levels were significantly below average. This place also had terrible scores in some of the quality-based measures to go along with its low nursing hour totals. We looked at the percentage of residents suffering pressure ulcers and we were disappointed. This place was at approximately 150 percent of the national average in this area. This is likely a bad sign when you consider that many pressure ulcers are preventable with better nursing care. This metric helped pull down this facility's nursing rating significantly.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The final category we scored was long-term care. This nursing home received a very poor grade of F in this category. Nursing homes that don't fare well in long-term care typically aren't as well-staffed and are lagging in some of the areas of routine medical care we assessed. After assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 93.081764 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which happens to be somewhat lower than we were hoping for but still a decent percentage. To our surprise, this place was actually decent at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.79 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This is its best feature in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 8.83% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 3.6% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of long-term residents which experienced a fall which caused major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing grades.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 2.65% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from urinary tract infections. While more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare different facilities due to varying reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 13.5% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 21.24% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 4.13% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 91.75% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 16.97% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 23.72% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 1.22 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 23.72 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 11.68 Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Blue Ridge Nursing Therapy Connection, 75.36% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.