Etowah Health Care Center is a facility located in Etowah, Tennessee, which has a population of 7,656 people. This nursing home received an overall grade of F. As far as we can see, you would be better off to avoid of this facility. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this place's category grades, we will discuss short-term care in the next section.
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Etowah Health Care 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 - Individual
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Short-term Care Quality
Although we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable short-term care grade this year. We gave it a B- in that category. With our short-term care assessment, we strive to craft a fair measure for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the facility's levels of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Unfortunately, we found that this facility provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. The more important thing is determining what effect this had on the quality of care. The final measure we assessed in this area is the number of patients who were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
As it turns out, its government inspection reports were not the source of this nursing home's bottom of the barrel overall grade. It earned a C in this category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining these inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some can be quite insignificant. This place was assessed 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were category G through L deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to create an imminent danger to patient safety or health. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received some government fines in recent years.
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This facility's next best category was nursing, but even there it received a grade of just D. This is still a well below average grade. Nursing grades are based largely on nurse staffing levels. This nursing home offered just 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This statistic is well below average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in computing our nursing scores. This facility fared well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these statistics to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we assessed was long-term care, turned out to be this facility's least impressive category. We gave this nursing home a D in that category. Nursing homes that receive this kind of score in this category may not provide the type of consistent 24/7 care that some other nursing homes offer. After looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. Candidly, we were a bit alarmed this facility vaccinated 75.8772 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which happens to be several points less than what we expected. To our surprise, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had less hospitalizations than many nursing homes. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Etowah Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Etowah Health Care Center, 8.88% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients which developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an indicator of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Etowah Health Care Center, 3.29% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of long-term residents which have experienced a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Etowah Health Care Center, 3.08% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often caused by worse hygiene protocols. More frequent bathing can minimize the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this statistic is affected by by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Etowah Health Care Center, 15.67% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. These medications may be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Etowah Health Care Center, 29.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Etowah Health Care Center, 9.14% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who are showing signs of depression. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Etowah Health Care Center, 88.31% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Etowah Health Care Center, 17.11% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the decline of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Etowah Health Care Center, 20.35% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Etowah Health Care Center, 1.4 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Etowah Health Care Center, 20.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Etowah Health Care Center, 74.44% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's generally correlates with better rehabilitation services.
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