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Brandon Woods at Alvamar

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Updated Aug 1, 2021 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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Brandon Woods at Alvamar's website

1501 Inverness Drive,
Lawrence KS 66047

(785) 838-8000

36.92% estimated occupancy 1

Brandon Woods at Alvamar is a large facility in Lawrence, Kansas. With an overall grade of A-, this is undoubtedly an impressive facility. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top quarter of all facilities in the nation. This nursing home's impressive profile was highlighted by its short-term care grade, which we will address in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received a very impressive short-term care score. In that category, we gave this nursing home an A-. Our short-term care scores are believed to be most important for individuals requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally utilizes more highly-skilled nursing services. This includes not merely nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last measure we considered in this category is the number of patients that were able to return home from the facility. We found that 5.6 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B for our inspections rating. Nursing ratings are primarily associated with the nursing home's nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a system of moving residents more often.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

The next category we analyzed was long-term care. Adding to its superb profile, this facility also excelled in this category. In fact, we gave it a grade of of A- for the area. If you are looking for services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care ratings. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 58.403362 percent of its residents, which is a few points below what we expected. Although its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we had hoped, at least this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B

Turning to the final category we assessed, this nursing home received a decent score in inspections as well. In fact, we awarded it a B for that category. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we consider is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this category usually have few severe deficiencies. While this facility had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none were serious based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Brandon Woods at Alvamar Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 7.28% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of long-term stay residents who have new or worsened pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 5.12% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term patients that have experienced a fall leading to serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining our nursing grades.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 3.63% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are routinely the result of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this metric may be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 16.93% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for many medical conditions, including dementia. Tragically, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 22.05% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric indicates the percent of long-term care patients who are administered antianxiety medication. These medications are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 5.92% of Patients

This is the percent of patients showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 91.42% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 16.92% Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Some would argue that this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 21.25% Percentage of Residents

This metric tracks the percentage of long-term residents that remained mobile levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical health of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 21.25 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 10.63 Percentage of Patients

This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the quality of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Brandon Woods at Alvamar, 74.59% Percentage of Resident

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

Nearby Hospitals

  • Lawrence Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.31 miles away325 Maine Street Lawrence Kansas 66044Government - Local(785) 505-6100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Lawrence Home Training1.53 miles away3510 Clinton Pkwy Suite 110 Lawrence Kansas 66047Dialysis Stations: 1 (785) 841-0490
  • Davita Free State Dialysis2.84 miles awayFree State Dialysis Lawrence Kansas 66046Dialysis Stations: 12 (785) 312-9377
  • Lawrence Dialysis3.27 miles away330 Arkansas St. #100 Lawrence Kansas 66044CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 15 (785) 843-2000
  • Fkc - Topeka East17.52 miles away3408 Se 29th Street Topeka Kansas 66605Dialysis Stations: 13 (785) 266-3087