Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home is a small non-profit facility in Hebron, Nebraska. This facility is among the highest-graded nursing homes we assessed. A score of this caliber requires top-notch marks across the board. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top fifth of all nursing homes in the nation. Keep reading to see this facility's category ratings, which are also strong. It is hard to find any major flaws in this place's profile.
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Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Jan 1, 2020 by Nick Reese
Note: Data for Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home has not been updated recently. This page shows historical performance which may not be representitive of current service levels.
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- No Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Church related
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Long-term Care Quality
To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for its nursing grade. If you are seeking services other than short-term rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care ratings. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 88.695656 percent of its residents. This is somewhat below what we anticipated. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Among its many impressive grades, this facility received an excellent nursing grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category. Nursing grades are primarily based on a nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as having a system of moving residents even once per day.
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Racking up another strong category grade, this facility also excelled in the area of inspections, where it earned a grade of A-. Few nursing homes fared better in this category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection grades. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively minor. While this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in 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 health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to our next area, this facility was given an excellent short-term care rating. In fact, we gave it a B+ in that area, rounding out one of our better profiles. Short-term care ratings are based on a facility's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a wide scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Unfortunately, we weren't able to track down registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this facility. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 6.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 4.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely linked to poor nursing care. Additional nurse staffing limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 3.53% of Patients had UTIs
This gauges the percent of long-term stay patients who have sustained a UTI. UTI's may be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this statistic can be skewed for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 19.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for many medical conditions, such as dementia. Unfortunately, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 20.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of residents given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 3.91% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 92.75% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 15.57% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 16.66% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels. Many argue that mobility is critical to patients physical and mental well-being.
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home, 16.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.