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Friends Nursing Home

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  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: A+Feb 19: A+Mar 19: AApr 19: AMay 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: ASep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: A-Aug 21: A-Sep 21: A-Oct 21: A+Nov 21: A+Jan 22: AFeb 22: AMar 22: AApr 22: AMay 22: AJun 22: A
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Friends Nursing Home's website

17340 Quaker Lane,
Sandy Spring MD 20860

(301) 924-7531

71.95% estimated occupancy 1

Friends Nursing Home is one of a mere two facilities in Sandy Spring, Maryland. We awarded this facility an A overall grade, ranking it in the top 20 percent of all facilities in the nation. Based on our analysis, you can not go wrong with this place. Scroll down to find this facility's category scores, which are also impressive. It would be hard to find any major flaws in this nursing home's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

On top of receiving a strong overall score, this nursing home earned an A+ inspection grade. This is based on its recent government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the best complements we can offer a facility. Our inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher scores in this category generally have few of these severe deficiencies. Although this facility had a few deficiencies on its inspection report, none were serious based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its elite resume, this facility also excelled in our long-term care category. In fact, it received a grade of A in the category. For long-term care residents, the primary goal is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. One of the criteria we considered on top of nurse's aid hours was vaccinations. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 84.375 percent of its patients. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

We also want to note the fact that this nursing home was awarded a top-shelf grade of A- in our short-term care area. Our short-term care grades are considered to be more meaningful for people in need of a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually utilizes higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not only nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

The next category we analyzed was nursing. We awarded this nursing home one of our better grades in that category, with a grade of B. While this was not as dominant as a few of this nursing home's other scores, it is nevertheless a positive score. The nursing score considers many factors. The most heavily weighted factor is the quantity of hours nurses spend with residents. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of turning residents at least once a day.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Friends Nursing Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Friends Nursing Home, 10.35% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We bake this statistic into our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Friends Nursing Home, 2.83% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are often caused by poor nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Friends Nursing Home, 2.06% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to poor hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Friends Nursing Home, 13.12% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic indicates the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Friends Nursing Home, 14.71% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This gauges the percentage of long-term stay residents who are given antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Friends Nursing Home, 10.05% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Friends Nursing Home, 92.62% of Patients

This is the percent of residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Friends Nursing Home, 19.85% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate decline of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Friends Nursing Home, 30.15% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Friends Nursing Home, 0.99 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is important to the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Friends Nursing Home, 30.15 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Friends Nursing Home, 8.9 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Friends Nursing Home, 73.77% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Medstar Montgomery Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 1.87 miles away18101 Prince Philip Drive Olney Maryland 20832Voluntary non-profit - Private(301) 774-8882
  • Adventist Healthcare White Oak Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 7 miles away12100 Plum Orchard Drive Silver Spring Maryland 20904Voluntary non-profit - Private(301) 891-5651
  • University of Md Laurel Regional HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 8.55 miles away7300 Van Dusen Road Laurel Maryland 20707Voluntary non-profit - Private(301) 725-4300
  • Holy Cross HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 8.56 miles away1500 Forest Glen Road Silver Spring Maryland 20910Voluntary non-profit - Church(301) 754-7000
  • Howard County General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.21 miles away5755 Cedar Lane Columbia Maryland 21044Voluntary non-profit - Private(410) 740-7890
  • Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.72 miles away9901 Medical Center Drive Rockville Maryland 20850Voluntary non-profit - Private(240) 826-6527
  • Walter Reed National Military Med CenAcute Care - Department of Defense 10.45 miles away8901 Rockville Pike Bethesda Maryland 20889Department of Defense(301) 295-4000
  • Suburban HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.85 miles away8600 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda Maryland 20814Voluntary non-profit - Private(301) 896-2576

Nearby Dialysis

  • Brownwood Dialysis LLC5.51 miles away5544 Norbeck Rd Rockville Maryland 20853CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 12 (301) 460-2090
  • Bma - Rockville5.86 miles away7524 Standish Pl Ste 100-B Derwood Maryland 20855Dialysis Stations: 16 (301) 610-0711
  • Bedell Dialysis, LLC6.5 miles away13875 Outlet Drive Silver Spring Maryland 20904Dialysis Stations: 18 (301) 890-1504
  • Fmc - Silver Spring6.5 miles away12120 Plum Orchard Rd Ste 140 Silver Spring Maryland 20904Dialysis Stations: 12 (301) 572-2484
  • Renal Treatment Center - Wheaton6.56 miles awayWheaton Park Shopping Ctr 11941 Georgia Ave Silver Spring Maryland 20902CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (301) 949-9620
  • Cadia Dialysis Springbrook7.08 miles away12325 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring Maryland 20904Dialysis Stations: 11 (301) 244-3028
  • Bma - Wheaton7.32 miles away10901b Georgia Avenue Silver Spring Maryland 20902Dialysis Stations: 14 (301) 933-1307
  • Us Renal Care - Rockville7.75 miles away11800 a Nebel St Rockville Maryland 20852Dialysis Stations: 12 (301) 468-3221