Located in Lemmon, South Dakota, Five Counties Nursing Home is the sole facility we identified in the area. Featuring an overall score of B+, this looks like a very good nursing home. Based on our ratings, this place has quite a bit going for it. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection grade, which we will address in the next section.
Five Counties Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- 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
Top Nursing Home in South Dakota Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in South Dakota Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a great overall rating, this facility received an A+ inspection score. This score is based on the facility's recent government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the highest complements we can pay to a nursing home. Our inspection scores weigh several factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better grades in this area generally have few of these severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor dings are not the end of the world.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility was awarded an impressive short-term care grade as well. We gave it one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. In our short-term care score, we strive to forge a valuable gauge for rehabilitation services. In this process, we look at the facility's level of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final measure we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
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Adding to its profile, this facility also earned a grade of B for its nursing rating. This is a well above average score in this category. When computing our nursing grades, we weigh both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the training levels of the nurses. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we looked at was long-term care, in which this facility was awarded a B. This nursing home turned out to be relatively strong in each area we assessed. Facilities that receive this type of grade in this category tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to make sure residents are kept in good health. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is very impressive. Pneumonia is often a life or death health condition for nursing home residents so we prefer when a nursing home does not roll the dice on this issue. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 5.62% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are routinely associated with poor nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 3.42% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 19.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 15.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is an indication of the percent of long-term residents who were administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are generally prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 4.79% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents showing symptoms of depression. High rates of depression may indicate a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 95.19% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 16.7% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom. Many argue that this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 19.23% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Five Counties Nursing Home, 19.23 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.