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 quality marks in most areas. This nursing home definitely has plenty going for it. This nursing home's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection rating, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
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This facility received a quality overall score as described above, but we especially want to point out its nearly flawless inspections in recent years. We gave it an A in this area. Our inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this area generally have few severe deficiencies. 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.
Among this facility's other strengths is its elite nursing grade. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of A-. The nursing score includes quite a few factors, many of which are based on nursing hours. This facility provided 0.3 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 place the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a policy of turning a patient even once per day.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning to the next category, this nursing home also earned a grade of B for its short-term care rating. This is an above average grade in this area. Short-term care grades are commonly used to gauge a facility's performance with rehabilitation To offer high-end rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to offer higher levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we considered in this category is the percentage of patients that were able to return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility's worst category is long-term care, which is the final category we looked at. For this area, we awarded this nursing home a grade of just D. If you are looking for services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care scores. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is more than most nursing homes. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility has fewer hospitalizations than most nursing homes. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.
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, 7.84% 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, 5.36% 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, 3.38% 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, 15.75% 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, 15.28% 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, 5.4% 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, 93.07% 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, 15.83% 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, 20.1% 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, 1.08 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, 20.1 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.