Friends House 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.
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Church related
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Top Nursing Home in Maryland Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Sandy Spring, Maryland Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in Maryland Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Sandy Spring, Maryland Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Maryland Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Sandy Spring, Maryland Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
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
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 79.88166 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.
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We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received an impressive grade of A- in our nursing category. When computing our nursing scores, we analyze both nursing hours and the skill levels of the nurses. This facility provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as having a policy of turning residents more often.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to our next area, this nursing home received an excellent short-term care grade. We gave it a grade of B+ in that category, topping off one of our better profiles. With our short-term care rating, we strive to forge a sound gauge for rehabilitation. In doing so, we assess a nursing home's scope of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Friends House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Friends House, 10.24% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Friends House, 2.73% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who sustained a fall which caused major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Friends House, 2.07% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that have sustained urinary tract infections. While a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare different nursing homes due to reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Friends House, 13.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients for many medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Friends House, 14.46% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Friends House, 10.18% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Many in the industry believe this is a measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Friends House, 92.14% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Friends House, 19.83% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Friends House, 28.37% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents who remained mobile levels. Some experts would argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' mental and physical well-being.
In Friends House, 1.1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Friends House, 28.37 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Friends House, 8.93 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Friends House, 74.3% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many believe that this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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