Located in Lemmon, South Dakota, Five Counties Nursing Home is the sole facility we identified in the area. We awarded this nursing home an A- overall grade, ranking it in the top 20 percent of all nursing homes in the country. You really can not do much better than this facility. This nursing home's impressive report card was highlighted by its inspection reports, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Five Counties Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
We also wanted to emphasize that this facility earned near flawless health inspections recently. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this area. These inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Although this place had some deficiencies on its report, none were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility excelled in our long-term care rating. We gave them an exemplary score of A+ in this category. When facilities receive a score in this range in this category it generally means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
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This nursing home also received a strong nursing score. In fact, we awarded it an above average grade of B in this area. In computing our nursing ratings, we weigh both nursing hours and the training levels of the nurses. 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 facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Short-term Care Quality
The last category we rated was short-term care. This nursing home received an above average nursing grade in our assessment, with a grade of B. Although this wasn't quite as impressive as some of its other scores, this remains one of our more favorable grades for that area. In our short-term care assessment, we seek to craft a sound measure for rehabilitation. In this process, we analyze a facility's offerings of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we looked at in this area is the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients 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.
Five Counties Nursing Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 6.6% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This gauges the percentage of long-term stay residents which have new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 5.44% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients who have sustained falls leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 3.35% of Patients had UTIs
This figure indicates the percent of long-term residents who have suffered from urinary tract infections. UTI's may be an indication of poor nursing care. However, this statistic can also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 19.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used for a variety of medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 14.63% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 4.93% of Patients
This is the percent of residents exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 94.89% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 16.78% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of deterioration of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 21.3% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 1.08 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 21.3 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.