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
Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- 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
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
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. We were not able to track down information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The final statistic we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients who returned home from the nursing home. We found that 6.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Adding to its impressive category grades, this nursing home also excelled in the category of inspections, where it received an A-. Inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this category generally have very few severe deficiencies. This facility was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of these deficiencies to cause an immediate threat to resident safety or health. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
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This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. Our nursing grade assesses the facility's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of training of those nurses as well as the amount of time spent with patients. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics 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 nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as having a protocol of turning a patient more often.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to our last area, this nursing home received a strong long-term care score. Although this is not nearly as dominant as some of its other scores, this remains one of our more impressive grades a facility can receive. Nursing homes that receive this type of grade in this category tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to ensure patients are well cared for. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 99.242424 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 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 Valley Lutheran Villag Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a fall which caused severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 1.92% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely associated with poor nursing care. Better nursing care can limit the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 19.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 3.23% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 88.5% of Patients
This is the percent of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 15.28% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Many in the industry would argue this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 23.65% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients who maintained mobility. Some would argue that the ability to move around is vital to patients physical and mental well-being.
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to preserving the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 23.65 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
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 8.84 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
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 72.22% 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.
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