Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home is a small hospital-based nursing home in Plains, Montana. We gave this facility an overall grade of B+. A score in this range requires strong marks in most areas. This nursing home definitely has plenty going for it. We were also pleased to find that this nursing home did not have any poor grades in any of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
Top Nursing Home in Montana Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a quality nursing home overall, this facility really excelled in nursing, where it received an A. When calculating a facility's nursing grade, we consider the number of hours nurses spend with patients 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 the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a policy of moving patients more often.
In addition, this facility also received top notch inspections in recent years. We awarded them one of our better grades in that category, with a grade of A. These inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This particular nursing home received 6 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a good inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning to our third category, this facility also earned a grade of B+ for its short-term care rating. This is a well above average score in this category. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The purpose is to formulate a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we looked at in this area is the number of residents that eventually returned home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we analyzed was long-term care. We awarded this nursing home a solid score in this category, with a grade of C. Although this isn't as strong as some of this nursing home's other grades, it is nevertheless not a terrible score. Our long-term care scores are based in part on a facility's volume of nursing care. This includes a vast range of personal care services, ranging from help with activities of daily living to routine healthcare services. One of the statistics we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Finally, this place was also able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 8.33% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 5.25% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a fall which resulted in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 3.32% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint could also be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 16.25% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 14.87% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 5.28% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Higher rates of depression may be a sign a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 93.06% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 15.55% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 18.63% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 1.15 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, 18.63 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of residents.