Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center is an average-sized nursing home located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. We gave this facility a C overall, which is not a bad score. This is comparable with the city grade in Fort Smith, which is a B-. You can certainly do worse than this facility. You should also take a look at this nursing home's category grades below. Long-term care grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
5301 Wheeler Avenue,
Fort Smith AR 72901
94.78% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home really performed well in the area of long-term care, where it received an A-. Few facilities fared better in this category. If not for this grade, this nursing home's overall grade would have been lower. For prospective patients in need of a permanent residence as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 89.60396 percent of its residents, which is somewhat less than we were hoping for. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we like to see, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Inspections is another area where this nursing home excelled. In fact, we awarded this nursing home an B+ for our inspections rating. This is far more impressive than the facility's overall score. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection grades. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively insignificant. This facility was assessed 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This means that the government inspectors did not deem any of these deficiencies to be an immediate threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.
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Another strength of this nursing home is its favorable grade in nursing. We gave them one of our better scores in that area, with an D. When determining a facility's nursing score, we look at the amount of time nurses spend with patients as well as the level of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home averaged just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. This statistic is quite a bit below the national average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing scores. This nursing home performed well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these statistics to be indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility's least impressive category is short-term care, which is the last category we analyzed. For this category, we gave this nursing home a grade of D. In computing our short-term care grades, we analyze the facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. This area is more often than not a meaningful measure of the facility's rehabilitation. With its score in this category, we weren't surprised to learn that this place is well below average in terms of the quantity of registered nurse and physical therapy hours offered to its patients based on the measures we assessed. The last metric we looked at in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar statistics was damning for this facility's short-term care score.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 8.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure measures the percent of long-term stay residents which suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an measure of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 4% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric indicates the percent of long-term patients which sustained a fall resulting in 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 Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.3% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that experienced a UTI. While more infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it can be difficult to compare different nursing homes due to differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric gauges the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 21.55% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.07% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many believe that this is a measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 95.87% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 11.98% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of the deterioration of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.63% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who retained mobility levels. Many in the industry believe that the ability to move around is vital to residents' well-being.
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1.81 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.63 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.62 Percentage of Patients
Measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 77.48% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many argue this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
Scores for Fort Smith, AR
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of C
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
Looking for more options? Fort Smith, Arkansas has 5 other nursing homes
- Baptist Health - Fort SmithAcute Care Hospitals 2.8 miles away1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith Arkansas 72901Proprietary(479) 441-4000
- Mercy Hospital Fort SmithAcute Care Hospitals 4.42 miles away7301 Rogers Ave Fort Smith Arkansas 72903Voluntary non-profit - Private(479) 314-6000
- Sparks Medical Center - Van BurenAcute Care Hospitals 8.51 miles away211 Crawford Memorial Drive Van Buren Arkansas 72956Proprietary(479) 474-3401
- Ft Smith Regional Dialysis Ctr2.6 miles away2201 Brooken Hill Dr Fort Smith Arkansas 72908CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 55 (479) 755-6700