Elms Health Care Center is a nursing home located in Ponca, Nebraska. This city has a total of 1,552 people. Featuring an overall grade of F, we consider this to be a bottom of the barrel nursing home. In our view, you'd be better off to steer clear of this nursing home. We wouldn't blame you if you are ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, nursing grades are discussed in the next section.
Elms Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
Note: Elms Health Care Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.
Registered Staff Hours
While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable nursing grade this year. We gave it a grade of B- in that category. The nursing rating analyzes a handful of components, however, the main consideration is the number of nurse hours per patient per week. This nursing home averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Lastly, nursing grades also consider quality-based metrics, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this facility performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is generally an indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place. Many falls could be avoided if a facility supplies enough nurses aids to assist its patients.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also didn't perform poorly in the category of short-term care. In fact, we awarded it a B- for that category, which turned out to be another one of its higher grades. Our short-term care grades are probably more meaningful for folks in need of a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates more skilled nursing. This means not only nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, this nursing home was below average in terms of its number of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its patients based on the metrics we assessed. The real question is whether this adversely affected quality of care. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.
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Unfortunately, with a grade of D in the inspection category, this facility performed relatively poorly in that area. Inspection grades account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. This facility was hit with 6 deficiencies on its inspection report. The only positive thing we found is that none of the deficiencies were in the categories that suggest that they created a risk to patient health or safety. Finally, CMS cited this nursing home for possible abuse or neglect. Hopefully, its performance improves in the future, but until then we simply can't recommend this facility.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we graded is long-term care. This nursing home was given a poor grade of F in this category. When facilities receive a score in this range in long-term care it typically means the facility didn't perform well in our measures relating to resident care. After assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. We were concerned by the fact that this nursing home vaccinated just 53.124996 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Surprisingly, this nursing home actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Elms Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Elms Health Care Center, 5.27% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term patients who have pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Elms Health Care Center, 4.96% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who sustained a fall resulting in major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Elms Health Care Center, 3.66% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term residents who have had a UTI. UTI's could be a sign of lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint could also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Elms Health Care Center, 18.62% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term care residents receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Elms Health Care Center, 19.92% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Elms Health Care Center, 4.32% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Many would argue that this is a measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Elms Health Care Center, 93.19% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Elms Health Care Center, 14.85% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate erosion of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Elms Health Care Center, 18.85% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Elms Health Care Center, 18.85 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
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