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Buffalo Lake Health Care Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: A+Feb 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: ASep 20: A+Oct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: A+May 21: A+Jun 21: A+Jul 21: A+Aug 21: A+Sep 21: A+Oct 21: A+Nov 21: A+Jan 22: AFeb 22: AMar 22: AApr 22: AMay 22: A
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703 West Yellowstone Trail, PO 368,
Buffalo Lake MN 55314

(320) 833-5364

88.97% estimated occupancy 1

Buffalo Lake Health Care Center is a small non-profit nursing home located in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. This nursing home turns out to be an A rated facility. This facility was given one of the best scores that we offer. A grade in this range requires superb marks across the board. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top ten percent of all facilities in the United States. As you can find below, this facility also performed just fine in our category ratings. It is hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this facility also received an A+ long-term care grade. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is very impressive. Pneumonia can be a life or death illness for nursing home patients so we like it when a facility does not leave its residents vulnerable. The last datapoint we looked at is the facility's hospitalization rate. Here we found that this place had 2.26 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

The next category we looked at was inspections, where this facility also received an A+ grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. These inspection ratings take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can find more information about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. 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. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category. Nursing ratings are based largely on nurse staffing levels. This nursing home provides an impressive 3.9 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, this facility was also above average in each of the major quality measures we assessed in this category. It performed well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

In the last area, this facility also received an excellent short-term care grade, with a B+. This wrapped up a very strong report card. In computing our short-term care ratings, we analyze a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This category is more often than not a reliable measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation. This nursing home elevated its grade in this category by offering more care from registered nurses to its residents than the average facility. The final metric we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents that ultimately were able to return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home permanently.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jun 22

Buffalo Lake Health Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 6.9% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 4.36% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls which result in injury are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 2.82% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to poorer hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 16.53% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 12.02% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically used to treat patients experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 4.55% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 94.12% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 13.22% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 19.91% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 1.26 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 19.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of residents.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 76.23% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Hutchinson HealthAcute Care Hospitals 15.45 miles away1095 Highway 15 South Hutchinson Minnesota 55350Voluntary non-profit - Private(320) 234-5000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc Dialysis - Hutchinson15.49 miles away1069 Highway 15 South Hutchinson Minnesota 55350Dialysis Stations: 12 (320) 234-4940
  • St. Cloud Hospital17.81 miles away600 E Park Ave Olivia Minnesota 56277Dialysis Stations: 10 (320) 523-1046

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