Brown County Health and Living Community is the only option we identified in Nashville, Indiana. This turns out to be a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of C. Based on our ratings, there are definitely much worse places out there. The best part of this place's profile was its stellar inspection reports. We discuss inspections in the next section.
Brown County Health and Living Community
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its decent overall grade, we awarded this nursing home an A+ for our inspections rating. This is far more impressive than its overall rating. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these are relatively minor. This facility was assessed 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This indicates that CMS didn't deem any of these deficiencies an immediate risk to resident health or safety. A few minor deficiencies should not lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility's next best area is long-term care. In that area, we awarded this facility a B-. Our long-term care ratings are more meaningful for patients requiring more conventional services related to personal care. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 91.20235 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which happens to be a few points below what we expected but still a decent percentage. Fortunately, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Short-term Care Quality
The next area we looked at was short-term care, where this facility was awarded a C in this category. In determining our short-term care ratings, we quantify the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The goal is to create a tool for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. In this nursing home's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the typical facility. The hope is that this does not adversely affect the quality of care. The final datapoint we looked at in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that just 5.5 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is actually below average.
The last area we analyzed was nursing, which is a weak link for this facility. We awarded this facility a grade of just D in our nursing category. When determining a nursing home's nursing score, we weigh the quantity of hours nurses are with patients as well as the level of licensure of the nurses. 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. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing grades. This facility fared well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Brown County Health and Living Community Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure measures the percent of long-term care patients who are suffering from pressure ulcers . We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 3.89% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a fall resulting in serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 1.96% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this datapoint could also be misleading for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 13.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to residents for a variety of medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 21.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 12.38% of Patients
This is the percent of patients showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 91.56% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 16.12% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 17.5% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents that maintained mobility.
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 1.36 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 Brown County Health and Living Community, 17.5 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 11.23 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Brown County Health and Living Community, 73.53% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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