Eckerd Living Center is an average-sized nursing home located in Highlands, North Carolina. It looks like this nursing home is among the best nursing homes we assessed. A grade in this range requires first-rate marks across the board. This is really as good of a nursing home as you're going to find. As you will see below, this place also performed well in our category scores. It would be hard to poke holes in this facility's profile.
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Eckerd Living Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Partnership
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in North Carolina Awards 2019
Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. Our inspection ratings are tied to several items located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this category have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
This nursing home also received an A+ nursing grade, making it one of the few nursing homes to receive multiple A+ category grades. Nursing grades are primarily tied to the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility also was elite in the area of long-term care, where we gave it a grade of A. Not many nursing homes fared better in this area. In a long-term care environment, the primary objective is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 91.56627 percent of its patients. This is a bit lower than we anticipated but still a respectable percentage. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Short-term Care Quality
In the final category, we awarded this nursing home an A+ for its short-term care rating. This finished off a very strong profile. In the category of short-term care, we attempt to assess indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation. We assess the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last metric we assessed in this category is the number of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that 4.5 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Eckerd Living Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Eckerd Living Center, 10% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Eckerd Living Center, 3.84% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a fall leading to serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Eckerd Living Center, 3.14% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely linked to nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Eckerd Living Center, 12.15% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications may be used for several medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Eckerd Living Center, 21.12% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally used to treat patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Eckerd Living Center, 3.84% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents who are showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Eckerd Living Center, 88.29% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Eckerd Living Center, 19.92% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of deterioration of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Eckerd Living Center, 21.81% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Eckerd Living Center, 1.47 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Eckerd Living Center, 21.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Eckerd Living Center, 12.78 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Eckerd Living Center, 73.13% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's often correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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