Cartersville Heights is an average-sized nursing home located in Cartersville, Georgia. This nursing home received an F, which is just about as bad as it gets in our grading scheme. Based on our assessment, this nursing home probably isn't a fit for anyone. Nevertheless, this facility surprisingly performed well in our inspections category, which you can find more information about below.
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
78 Opal Street,
Cartersville GA 30120
92.03% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
While this facility's overall grade was as bad as it gets, it actually really excelled in the area of inspections. In fact, we awarded it an A for that category, which is one of our highest scores. Our inspection scores are tied to several datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Deficiencies are an important thing to look for on these inspections. You should especially avoid facilities that have severe deficiencies associated with endangerment of patients. This nursing home was hit with 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
We awarded this facility a grade of just D for our long-term care grade and that actually turned out to be its next most respectable category. Facilities that don't fare well in this category typically aren't as well-staffed and are lagging in a few of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Frankly, we were a bit alarmed this facility gave the vaccine to a relatively low 67.82609 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 1.32 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. This was its best feature in this category.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home wound up receiving a a terrible grade in our short-term care category. It received an F in this area. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we analyze a facility's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This grade is often a meaningful measure of a facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. It appears that this place was subpar in multiple staffing areas we focus on. In fact, it offered fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most nursing homes. The last item we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that just 47.4 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
The final category we assessed is nursing, in which this facility received an abysmal grade in this category as well. It received an F in this category, which is obviously somewhat alarming. Our nursing grade weighs quite a few data points, most of which are associated with levels of nurse staffing. This place averaged just 2.2 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This statistic is well below average. In addition to receiving below average marks for total nursing hours, this facility was a bit less impressive in some of the quality-based metrics we looked at in calculating our nursing grades. We looked at the percent of patients experiencing pressure ulcers and found that this place was at roughly 150 percent of the national average in this statistic. This is a bad sign when you consider that many pressure ulcers are preventable with better nursing care. Unfortunately, this statistic pulled down this facility's nursing rating substantially.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Cartersville Heights Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Cartersville Heights, 10.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Cartersville Heights, 3.08% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls leading to injury are routinely caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Cartersville Heights, 3.2% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often linked to worse hygiene protocols. More frequent bathing can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Cartersville Heights, 18.01% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Cartersville Heights, 21.46% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Cartersville Heights, 5.36% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Cartersville Heights, 93.3% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Cartersville Heights, 17.29% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Cartersville Heights, 23.16% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In Cartersville Heights, 1.5 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Cartersville Heights, 23.16 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Cartersville Heights, 11.64 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Cartersville Heights, 69.86% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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