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Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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5301 Wheeler Avenue,
Fort Smith AR 72901

(479) 646-3454

94.44% estimated occupancy 1

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.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company

Registered Staff Hours

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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

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 89.67255 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 0.03 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

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.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

Next we looked at nursing grades, where this nursing home received an F, which is a rock bottom grade. This area was definitely not a strength for this facility. In calculating a nursing home's nursing rating, we look at the quantity of hours nurses are with residents as well as the skill levels of the nurses. This facility averaged a meager 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This figure is well below average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing scores. This nursing home fared well when it comes to minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these areas to be measures of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: F

Turning to the fourth area, this facility really did not perform very well. With a very poor grade of F in short-term care, this was its poorest category. Short-term care scores are based on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This means a vast scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, in addition to other forms of therapy. Not surprisingly, we found that this nursing home provides far less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The final item we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 3.7 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar statistics sunk this nursing home's short-term care score.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 8.46% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 3.98% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision. Additional nurse staffing can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.34% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who have had urinary tract infections. UTI's may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric may be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.35% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to patients for many medical conditions, such as dementia. Tragically, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 21.53% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically given to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.09% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. High levels of depression may be a sign worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 95.41% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.37% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 14.1% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: F

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1.79 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 14.1 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.92 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Fort Smith Health and Rehabilitation Center, 77.59% Percentage of Resident

This is the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with ADL's typically correlates with superior rehabilitation.

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 A-minus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of D
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus

Looking for more options? Fort Smith, Arkansas has 5 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • 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

Nearby Dialysis

  • Ft Smith Regional Dialysis Ctr2.6 miles away2201 Brooken Hill Dr Fort Smith Arkansas 72908CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 55 (479) 755-6700