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Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
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Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)'s website

100 Sunnyside Road,
Smyrna DE 19977

(302) 223-1500

41.8% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Smyrna, Delaware, Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI) is one of a mere two nursing homes in the area. Featuring an overall rating of A+, this nursing home is clearly an elite facility. Based on our ratings, you can not go wrong with this nursing home. If you look below, you will see this nursing home's category ratings, which appear to be equally impressive as its overall grade.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - State
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Dentistry
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Awards

Top Nursing Home in Delaware badge

Top Nursing Home in Delaware Awards 2019

Best Nursing Home in Smyrna, Delaware badge

Best Nursing Home in Smyrna, Delaware Awards 2019

Top Nursing Home in Delaware badge

Top Nursing Home in Delaware Awards 2020

Best Nursing Home in Smyrna, Delaware badge

Best Nursing Home in Smyrna, Delaware Awards 2020

Top Nursing Home in Delaware badge

Top Nursing Home in Delaware Awards 2021

Best Nursing Home in Smyrna, Delaware badge

Best Nursing Home in Smyrna, Delaware Awards 2021

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to a phenomenal overall grade, this facility also received A+ nursing grade. The nursing grade weighs a handful of subcategories, many of which are tied to nursing hours. This facility provided 1 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility 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 Delaware in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving residents more often.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

This nursing home also was elite in the area of long-term care, where we gave it a score of A. Only a select group of nursing homes performed better in this area. When facilities receive this kind of grade in this category it is a good sign for patient care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. After we finished assessing the amount of care provided by nurses, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 97.46479 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia is often a dangerous illness for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Compounding its fine profile, this facility also was given a superb short-term care grade, with a grade of A. Short-term care ratings are important for prospective residents in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates more highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a wide scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we considered in this area is the number of patients who ultimately 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.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

Lastly, this nursing home also received a nearly flawless government inspection report. As a result, it earned one of our highest grades in that category with an A. With this impressive grade, this place is one of the few facilities in Delaware to receive straight A's. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating these inspection scores. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these end up being relatively minor. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI) Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 5.85% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-plus

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 3.56% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are routinely linked to poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 1.83% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care patients that have sustained urinary tract infections. Although a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is problematic to compare different facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 11.38% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This gauges the percentage of long-term residents which are given antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. However, some nursing homes may need to rely on these drugs due to having more residents with cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 19.25% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 3.54% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 94.07% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 14.59% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate deterioration of a patient's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 20.95% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that maintained mobility. Some experts would argue that mobility is critical to residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 1.41 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to preserving the physical health of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), 20.95 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of residents.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Bayhealth Hospital, Kent CampusAcute Care Hospitals 10.5 miles away640 S State Street Dover Delaware 19901Voluntary non-profit - Private(302) 744-7001

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Smyrna0.69 miles awayGateway North Shopping Center 210 Stadium Street, Rt. 13 Smyrna Delaware 19977Dialysis Stations: 16 (302) 659-5220
  • Fresenius Medical Care Southern Delaware, LLC5.86 miles away80 Salt Creek Drive Dover Delaware 19901Dialysis Stations: 12 (302) 678-2181
  • Dover Universal LLC9.02 miles away107 Mont Blanc Blvd., Suite 100 Dover Delaware 19904Dialysis Stations: 12 (302) 674-2074
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Greentree9.94 miles away97 Commerce Way, Suite 104 Dover Delaware 19904Dialysis Stations: 16 (302) 674-1919
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Central Delaware9.98 miles awayBlue Hen Corporate Center 655 South Bay Road, Suite 4m Dover Delaware 19901CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (302) 678-5718
  • Bayhealth Medical Center10.44 miles away640 S State Street Dover Delaware 19901Dialysis Stations: 9 (302) 744-7322
  • Fresenius Medical Care Southern Delaware, LLC11.23 miles away1198 South Governors Avenue Building B, Suite 201 Dover Delaware 19904Dialysis Stations: 4 (302) 736-1340
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Middletown13.32 miles away104 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Suite 100 Middletown Delaware 19709Dialysis Stations: 14 (302) 449-1601