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Buffalo Lake Health Care Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

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: AJun 22: AAug 22: ASep 22: A
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Buffalo Lake Health Care Center's website

703 West Yellowstone Trail, PO 368,
Buffalo Lake MN 55314

(320) 833-5364

87.14% estimated occupancy 1

Buffalo Lake Health Care Center is a small non-profit nursing home located in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. After receiving an overall grade of A, this nursing home is among the highest-rated facilities we looked at. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top fifth of all facilities nationally. One of the best aspects of this facility's exemplary report card is its inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to being an elite nursing home overall, this facility performed well in the area of inspections, where it earned an A+. Few facilities fared as well in this category. Inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues 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. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.

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 primarily tied to the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received a strong grade of A- in our short-term care category. In calculating these short-term care ratings, we assess the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our purpose is to formulate a measure for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Moving on to our fourth area, this facility was given an excellent long-term care rating. In fact, we gave it a grade of B+ in this area, finishing off one of our finer profiles. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in long-term care it typically means it's well-staffed and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization 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.

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

Buffalo Lake Health Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 6.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric is is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients which suffered from pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of nursing care quality.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure measures the percent of long-term care patients which have had falls resulting in serious injury. We use this statistic in computing our nursing ratings.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 2.83% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better nursing care minimizes the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Note that this statistic is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 16.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic measures the percent of long-term patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such medications are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these drugs due to having more residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 12.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically used to treat patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 4.58% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents demonstrating signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 93.31% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 13.09% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Some experts argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 18.07% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 18.07 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the health of residents.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, 76.76% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with ADL's generally correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.

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