Located in Thomasville, Georgia, Camellia Gardens of Life Care is one of only two available nursing homes in the area. With an A- overall grade, we rated this nursing home in the top third of all facilities in the nation. In our view, this nursing home should be a no brainer for just about anybody. The best part of this facility's impressive profile is its inspection reports. We discuss inspections in the next section
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Camellia Gardens of Life Care
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in Georgia Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a strong overall grade, this nursing home also received an A+ inspection score. This grade is based on the facility's recent government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the highest complements we can offer a nursing home. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection grades. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some can be quite insignificant. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This means the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Adding to its elite assessments in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a score of A- for our short-term care rating. Short-term care ratings are meaningful for prospective residents seeking rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates more highly-skilled nursing services. This means a vast range of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who ultimately returned home from this nursing home. We found that 6 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third area we looked at is long-term care. This facility was given an impressive long-term care score, with a grade of B+ in this category. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 99.08676 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is far higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
The next area we scored was nursing. This facility was awarded a favorable nursing score this year, with a grade of C. Even though this is not quite as good as several of its other grades, this is nevertheless a respectable score in that category. Our nursing rating is based on numerous factors. The most heavily weighted one is the amount of time nurses spent with patients. This nursing home provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This figure is far below average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In fact, it performed well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these areas to be indicators of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is every bit as important as the quantity of hours of care offered.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Camellia Gardens of Life Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 10.15% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 3.46% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients who had a fall resulting in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 3.2% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often associated with lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this statistic is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 18.35% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are sometimes used for several conditions, such as dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 20.07% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 4.8% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many in the industry argue that this is a measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 94.56% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 16.73% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of erosion of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 17.19% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels. Many argue that mobility is vital to residents' mental and physical well-being.
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 1.66 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 17.19 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the health of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 11.58 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Camellia Gardens of Life Care, 68.99% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with activities of daily living generally correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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