Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag is an average-sized non-profit nursing home located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This is a respectable facility, with an overall grade of B-. As far as we can see, this facility looks like a good fit for quite a few people. More information on this nursing home's category grades is available below. Its best category is short-term care, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
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Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- 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
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Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
We want to point out that this facility's short-term care rating exceeded its overall grade. This facility earned a B+ in this category, which is a strong score. In determining our short-term care grades, we size up a facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. This grade is more often than not a reliable assessment of a facility's rehabilitation services. It doesn't appear that this nursing home provided registered nurse or physical therapist staffing data. Finally, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6.7 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
Inspections is another area where this facility excelled. In fact, we gave this nursing home an B+ for our inspections rating. Inspection ratings account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better grades in this category typically have few severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. We should note that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in this industry.
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We also gave this nursing home a decent score in the category of nursing care, with a grade of C. The nursing grade considers a number of datapoints. The most heavily weighted variable is the number of hours nurses spend with patients. This nursing home averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Lastly, our nursing grades also consider quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this facility performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is often a good indicator that a nursing home has quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a nursing home provides enough nurses to assist its patients.
Long-term Care Quality
Moving on to the final area, we awarded this nursing home a grade of D in our long-term care category. This is the nursing home's weakest category score. Of course, this category pulled down the nursing home's overall grade to some degree. For residents seeking a permanent residence as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. One of the factors we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours was vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. Surprisingly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility has fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Sadly, a few of its other scores in the category weren't as favorable as these.
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, 4.71% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 7% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients that suffered from a fall resulting in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 13.7% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 8.33% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents who are given antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically required. However, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 15.68% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are given to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 1.4% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Many believe that this is a reasonable measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 99.38% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 14.98% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 14.61% of Residents
This is the percent of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is critical to the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 14.61% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 8.16% of Patients
This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Buffalo Valley Lutheran Villag, 70.32% of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's generally correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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