Ellen Memorial Health Care Center is a large nursing home located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. This is a lower end nursing home, with an overall grade of D. This facility seems to have very little going for it. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's profile is its strong inspection grade. You can scroll down to learn more about inspections and other category grades
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Ellen Memorial Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
While this nursing home's overall score was not a highlight, it actually received a very good score in the category of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a B+ for that area, which is one of our better scores. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. It is typically best to avoid nursing homes that had a long list of deficiencies. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.
This nursing home actually received a decent grade in the area of nursing as well. We awarded it a grade of B- for that category, which is not a bad score. Nursing scores are mostly tied to a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This facility provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This is a somewhat uninspiring figure as it is well below average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics. While this nursing home got docked a bit for its nursing hours per resident, it actually excelled in a few of these quality measures. With fewer than five percent of its patients suffering from pressure ulcers, it performed very well in this statistic. This is generally an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a policy of turning residents even once per day.
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Short-term Care Quality
As it turns out, this facility only received a grade of D for its short-term care rating, which is not a very good score. In determining our short-term care ratings, we assess the nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This area is typically a fair assessment of a nursing home's rehabilitation. With its score in this category, we were not surprised to find that this place was well below average in terms of the quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the metrics we looked at. Honestly, this was about what we expected to find. Finally, we considered the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that just 4.4 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we analyzed is long-term care. We gave it an F for this category, which is an abysmal grade. In a long-term care setting, the primary objective is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 99.66443 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this place also keeps its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. 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.
Ellen Memorial Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 7.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often the result of residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 3.38% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term residents that had a fall leading to major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 1.85% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this statistic could be misleading for some facilities due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 15.28% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric indicates the percent of long-term stay residents receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 18.78% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic measures the percent of long-term stay residents that were administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically given to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 3.3% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 86.27% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 15.17% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Some believe this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 17.92% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents who were able to retain mobility.
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 17.92 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 9.68 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 73.03% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements.
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