Fort Pierce Health Care is a large facility located in Fort Pierce, Florida. We awarded it an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the pack score. Based on our ratings, there are definitely far worse nursing homes out there. This place didn't meet our expectations in every category we looked at, but it didn't receive any terrible grades either. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
Fort Pierce Health Care
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its decent overall score, we gave this nursing home an A- for our nursing rating. This score is far more impressive than the facility's overall grade. When determining 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 facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
This facility actually earned a solid government inspection report this year as well, with few major dings from the applicable government inspectors. As a result, it received one of our better scores in that category with a B-. We were surprised this facility received multiple category grades of this caliber. These inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This place was hit with 8 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This means that the inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies to create an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies should not lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third most favorable category we gave this facility in any category came in the area of short-term care, where we awarded it a grade of B-. Short-term care ratings are vital for patients in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a vast spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. In this facility's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than the average facility. The hope is always that this does not adversely affect the quality of care. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of residents that ultimately were able to return home from the facility. We found that just 3.3 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
Moving on to the next category, we gave this nursing home a grade of D for long-term care. This was the facility's least impressive category grade. If you are looking for anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care scores. After we finished looking at the volume of care provided by nurses, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination record. We were optimistic to find that this nursing home vaccinates 98.51852 percent of its residents for pneumonia. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. 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.
Fort Pierce Health Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 9.03% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 2.8% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of long-term patients that experienced a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be a sign of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 1.82% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Although more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare between nursing homes due to reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 10.99% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, 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 suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 21.46% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These drugs are commonly used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 2.43% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 94.61% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 13.17% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 18.15% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that retained mobility levels.
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 1.59 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is critical to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 18.15 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 9.19 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Fort Pierce Health Care, 77.65% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's typically correlates with better rehabilitation services.
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