Brookestone Acres is an average-sized non-profit facility located in Columbus, Nebraska. This facility was given an A- overall, which is a high-end rating. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top 25 percent of all nursing homes in the United States. This nursing home also received consistently good grades in all of our categories. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Top Nursing Home in Nebraska Awards 2019
Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving a strong overall score, this nursing home also earned excellent inspections recently. We gave it one of our best scores in that category, with an A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection scores. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. This facility was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that CMS didn't consider any of these deficiencies to cause an immediate risk to resident health or safety. A few relatively minor dings aren't necessarily something to panic about.
Short-term Care Quality
To add to its first-rate assessments in other areas, we gave this facility a grade of A- for its short-term care score. Our short-term care scores are arguably most critical for residents requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation generally utilizes higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not only nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last statistic we looked at in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that 5.8 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
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This facility also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A-. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Nursing grades are heavily correlated with nurse staffing levels. This facility provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we graded was long-term care. This nursing home was awarded a better than average nursing score this year, with a B. While this isn't as elite as a few of its other scores, this remains one of our stronger grades for that area. When facilities receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to live on a permanent basis. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 98.14815 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents healthy. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Brookestone Acres Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Brookestone Acres, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Brookestone Acres, 2.47% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents who have experienced a fall which caused severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be a sign of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Brookestone Acres, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with worse hygiene protocols. However, this statistic may be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Brookestone Acres, 23.46% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to patients for many medical conditions, such as dementia. Sadly, in limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Brookestone Acres, 22.96% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are commonly used to treat residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Brookestone Acres, 0% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients showing signs of depression. High rates of depression may indicate lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Brookestone Acres, 98.1% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Brookestone Acres, 15.15% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate deterioration of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Brookestone Acres, 16.58% of Residents
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients that maintained mobility.
In Brookestone Acres, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Brookestone Acres, 16.58% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Brookestone Acres, 7.21% of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to assess patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Brookestone Acres, 83.21% of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts would argue this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.
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