Chatuge Regional Nursing Home is a senior living facility in Hiawassee, Georgia, a city with 6,496 people. This nursing home was given an overall grade of B, which is a quality grade. Based on our assessment, you can do much worse than this place. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection rating, which you can find in the next paragraph.
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Chatuge Regional Nursing Home
- 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
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this turned out to be a strong facility is that it received an impressive inspection score. In fact, inspections turned out to be its best category grade. In this category, we awarded it an A+. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection ratings. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is usually more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these can be quite insignificant. While this facility had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G through L. This means that the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few relatively minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
Another quality feature for this nursing home is that it was awarded an impressive long-term care score. In fact, this proved to be its second best category score. In this area, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B+. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care tend to provide residents with better supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. Once we assessed the quantity of nursing care, we turned to the facility's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 99.66888 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia tragically can be a life threatening health condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a facility doesn't leave its residents vulnerable. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Adding to its profile, this facility also earned a grade of B for its nursing rating. This is a well above average score in this category. When calculating a nursing home's nursing score, we consider the quantity of hours nurses are caring for residents and the levels of training of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home 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 Georgia in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as employing a system of moving patients even once per day.
Short-term Care Quality
The next area we analyzed was short-term care, was this nursing home's weakest category. We awarded this facility a D in this area. This really is one of the couple of dings of an otherwise impressive profile. Our short-term care grade is generally used to gauge a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation. To offer highly graded rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to offer higher levels of highly skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other licensed professionals. It looks like this nursing home was below average in many staffing metrics we focus on. It provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per patient than most facilities. Finally, we assessed the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from this facility. This facility didn't fare well here either. In fact, we found that just 3.4 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Chatuge Regional Nursing Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 10.15% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 3.46% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are routinely the result of poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 3.2% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often linked to a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this statistic may be misleading for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 18.35% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure measures the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 20.07% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are commonly used to treat residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 4.8% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression may indicate a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 94.56% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 16.73% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 17.19% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who remained mobile levels.
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 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 Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 17.19 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, 11.58 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
- Chatuge Regional HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 0.19 miles away110 S Main Street Hiawassee Georgia 30546Government - Hospital District or Authority(706) 896-2222
- Union General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 12.83 miles away35 Hospital Road Blairsville Georgia 30512Government - Hospital District or Authority(706) 745-2111
- Murphy Medical Center IncCritical Access Hospitals 14.8 miles away3990 East Us Highway 64 Alt Murphy North Carolina 28906Voluntary non-profit - Private(828) 837-8161