Elderwood at Amherst is in Buffalo, New York, which is among the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the country. It looks like this nursing home is one of the more impressive facilities we looked at. A grade in this range requires very strong scores across the board. Based on our assessment, you can not go wrong with this nursing home. As you will find below, this facility also performed well in our category ratings. It's hard to poke holes in this facility's profile.
Elderwood at Amherst
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a top notch nursing home overall, this place also performed well in inspections, where it received an A-. Not many facilities performed better in this area. Our inspection grades are based on items located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this area have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was given a impressive short-term care score. In fact, this is this nursing home's second best category grade. In that area, this facility received a score of A-. With our short-term care score, we endeavor to craft a meaningful measure for rehabilitation. In doing so, we assess the facility's levels of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final metric we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who returned home from the nursing home. We found that 6.4 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to another strength for this nursing home, we awarded them one of our more favorable grades in our long-term care category as well, with a grade of B+. Nursing homes that receive this kind of grade in long-term care tend to provide consistent around the clock care to ensure residents are kept in good health. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 64.23841 percent of its residents, which is slightly less than we were hoping for. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we like to see, we were pleased to find facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
In our last category, we gave this facility a grade of A- for its nursing grade. This topped off a first-rate profile. Our nursing rating is primarily based on a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at 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 many times be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a system of moving patients even once per day.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Elderwood at Amherst Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Elderwood at Amherst, 9.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Elderwood at Amherst, 3.04% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients which suffered a fall leading to severe injury. We use this statistic in determining our nursing ratings.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Elderwood at Amherst, 2.08% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often caused by a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this metric may also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Elderwood at Amherst, 11.61% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. These medications are sometimes used for treating several conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Elderwood at Amherst, 13.28% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Elderwood at Amherst, 13.6% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Elderwood at Amherst, 91.89% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Elderwood at Amherst, 14.66% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Elderwood at Amherst, 18.82% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels.
In Elderwood at Amherst, 1.2 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Elderwood at Amherst, 18.82 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Elderwood at Amherst, 8.77 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to assess short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Elderwood at Amherst, 74.71% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
Scores for Buffalo, NY
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A
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