Buckingham's Choice is a small nursing home located in Adamstown, Maryland. This is an A rated facility, which is one of the top scores that we offer. In fact, this facility has the prestigious distinction of being one of the top 25 nursing homes in Maryland. Finally, this appears to be a very consistent facility with consistently strong ratings in each of the major categories. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
3200 Baker Circle,
Adamstown MD 21710
50.95% estimated occupancy 1
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Short-term Care Quality
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ short-term care grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. In determining our short-term care grades, we assess a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This grade is considered to be a reliable assessment of a facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. This nursing home is substantially above the national average in terms of its quantity of both physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents. In fact, it provided about 50% more care per resident from both of these care providers than the average facility provided. These are generally good indicators of quality short-term care. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that it outperformed the vast majority of nursing homes in the nation with 71.4 percent of its residents returning home.
Adding to this facility's impressive resume, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. Our inspection ratings are based on several datapoints found on the a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities that receive favorable grades in this area have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the government inspectors did not 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.
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Long-term Care Quality
We also want to emphasize the fact that this nursing home received a dominant grade of A- in our long-term care category. When facilities receive this kind of score in this category it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the facility is well-staffed with nurses and aids. On top of offering elite levels of nursing care, this facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. This statistic is also far better than the average nursing home. This combination proved to be successful as this place also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Turning to the last category, this facility was given an extremely favorable nursing score. We awarded it an A- in that area, rounding out a straight A profile. Our nursing rating features a variety of factors. The most important factor is the number of hours nurses spend with patients. This nursing home provided 4.8 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This was one of the higher totals we found. Furthermore, a significant percentage of this care was provided by registered nurses, which are highly skilled nurses. These are both really impressive figures. In addition to offering impressive levels of nursing care, this place also performed well in several of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In terms of the number of its residents suffering falls leading to serious injury, this place performed better than the national average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Buckingham's Choice Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Buckingham's Choice, 10.37% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care minimizes the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Buckingham's Choice, 2.84% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents who had falls which resulted in serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Buckingham's Choice, 2.06% of Patients had UTIs
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. While a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it is problematic to compare between nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Buckingham's Choice, 13.07% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used for a variety of medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Buckingham's Choice, 14.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are given to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Buckingham's Choice, 9.93% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are showing depressive symptoms. Some argue this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Buckingham's Choice, 92.59% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Buckingham's Choice, 19.84% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom. Some argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Buckingham's Choice, 30.1% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Buckingham's Choice, 30.1 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Buckingham's Choice, 8.92 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Buckingham's Choice, 73.71% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living usually correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
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