Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation is an average-sized facility located in Austin, Texas. This nursing home was given a bottom of the barrel overall grade based on the data we looked at. Fortunately, if you aren't impressed with this facility, there are countless other options available in this city. More information on this facility's category grades may be found below. Its best category was inspections, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
6500 Brush Country Rd,
Austin TX 78749
63.22% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Neither this facility's overall grade nor its category grades gave us many positives to write about. Its best area was inspections, but even there we gave it just a D. This is a very poor grade. Inspection scores account for several factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. This facility had 4 deficiencies on its inspection report. The only positive thing we can say is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they posed a risk to resident health or safety. Lastly, we want to point out that this place was assessed significant government fines totaling over $100,000. This typically indicates that a facility's bad track record has been an issue for more than one year.
Short-term Care Quality
We also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received an F for its short-term care score. Our short-term care grade is generally used to score a nursing home's rehabilitation services. To provide highly rated rehabilitation services, facilities generally must feature better levels of highly skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. Not surprisingly, we learned that this place provides far less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per patient than the average nursing home. The final datapoint we considered in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 5.2 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar metrics doomed this facility's short-term care grade.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third area we assessed is long-term care. This facility's received an abysmal long-term care score where it received a lowly F. Facilities that do not score well in this category often don't provide as much nursing care and also may be lagging in some of the areas of routine medical care we assessed. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 91.449814 percent of its patients. This is slightly below what we anticipated but still a reasonably acceptable percentage. To our surprise, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This is its best feature in this category.
The next category we scored is nursing. Sadly, it received an F in this category, which is a very poor grade. Our nursing rating includes many subcategories. The most important one is the amount of time nurses spent with patients. This place offered just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This is well below average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. This nursing home performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 7.79% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients which have new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 3.33% of Patients had Serious Falls
This gauges the percent of long-term patients which have sustained a fall which resulted in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1.51% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 11.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 22.56% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term residents who were administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 4.81% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 94.64% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient health.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 17.1% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and taking a bath. Some would argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 16.36% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who remained mobile levels. Some believe that the ability to move around is vital to patients mental and physical well-being.
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1.67 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 16.36 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 11.4 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the emergency room and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Brush Country Nursing and Rehabilitation, 66.86% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
Scores for Austin, TX
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of C
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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