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Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag's website

189 East Tressler Boulevard,
Lewisburg PA 17837

(570) 524-2221

97.54% estimated occupancy 1

Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag is an average-sized non-profit nursing home located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This facility was given an A- overall, which is one of our better ratings. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top third of all nursing homes in the country. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive report card is its short-term care score. We discuss short-term care in the next section

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry

Registered Staff Hours

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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

On top of earning a great overall grade, this nursing home excelled in our shot-term care category. In fact, we gave it an A for that category. In the category of short-term care, we try to qualify indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation. We assess a facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last statistic we assessed in this area is the number of patients who eventually returned home from the nursing home. We found that 6.7 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

Turning to inspections, this facility excelled in that area, which is based on the nursing home's government inspections. We awarded it a grade of A- for that category. Our inspection grades are based on several datapoints found on the a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities that excel in this category tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This place was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered severe. This means that the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies to pose an imminent threat to resident safety or health. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

This facility is also strong in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of B+. It outperformed most nursing homes in this category. The nursing score analyzes many components, most of which are associated with levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The next category we graded is long-term care, where this facility was given a B. While this ended up being its worst category score, this is nevertheless a favorable score. Nursing homes that excel in this category typically provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 99.27007 percent of its residents, which is far higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, 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 Valley Lutheran Villag Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 7.59% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of long-term stay patients who suffered from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of quality of care.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls

This statistic indicates the percent of long-term stay residents which had falls resulting in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 1.9% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely linked to facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better nursing care reduces the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 15.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who were given antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically required. However, some facilities need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients suffering from dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 19.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 3.12% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 88.22% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 14.84% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 21.64% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 21.64 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 8.92 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 72.59% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Geisinger Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 15.86 miles away100 North Academy Avenue Danville Pennsylvania 17822Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 271-6211
  • Upmc Susquehanna MuncyCritical Access Hospitals 18.99 miles away215 East Water Street Muncy Pennsylvania 17756Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 546-8282

Nearby Dialysis

  • Ncpdc - Lewisburg, LLC1.79 miles away135 Jpm Road Lewisburg Pennsylvania 17837Dialysis Stations: 15 (570) 768-4660
  • Fresenius Medical Care Monongalia County1.8 miles away3800 Mon Health Medical Park Drive Morgantown West Virginia 26505Dialysis Stations: 11 (304) 284-8292
  • Davita - Selinsgrove Dialysis9.88 miles away1030 North Susquehanna Trail Selinsgrove Pennsylvania 17870Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 374-1160
  • Geisinger Health System16.04 miles away100 North Academy Avenue Danville Pennsylvania 17822Dialysis Stations: 8 (570) 271-6561
  • Gmc Outpatient Dialysis Unit - Justin Drive17.42 miles away100 Justin Drive Danville Pennsylvania 17822Dialysis Stations: 21 (570) 271-6392