Buffalo Lake Health Care Center is a small non-profit nursing home located in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. Sporting an overall grade of A-, this nursing home is among the higher-rated facilities we assessed. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top quarter of all facilities nationally. The best aspect of this facility's impressive report card is its inspection rating. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section
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Buffalo Lake Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its favorable overall score, we awarded this nursing home an A+ for inspections. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection grades. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these can be relatively minor. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Among its many impressive grades, this facility received an excellent nursing grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category. Our nursing rating is mostly tied to a facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed 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 facility Minnesota in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as employing a policy of moving residents more frequently.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third category we looked at was short-term care. Contributing to its strong profile, this nursing home also performed well in that area. In fact, we awarded it a grade of of A- for the area. In the category of short-term care, we attempt to evaluate measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We look at the facility's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final measure we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we graded is long-term care. In that area, we awarded this nursing home an acceptable grade of B-. This actually turned out to be this facility's least impressive category. In the area of long-term care, we look at the amount of services offered by a facility, as opposed to more sophisticated services. On top of considering the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Fortunately, this nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents, which is a very respectable figure. This facility keeps its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Buffalo Lake Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 6.14% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can reduce the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls which result in injury are often caused by lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 2.89% of Patients had UTIs
This metric indicates the percent of long-term residents which suffered from a UTI. UTI's could be an indicator of lower quality nursing care. However, this metric can be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 15.26% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are used for several conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 11.96% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically used to treat patients experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 4.16% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 94.15% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 13.41% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and eating. Some experts believe this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 15.86% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 1.28 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is important to maintaining the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 15.86 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
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