Friends House is the sole option we were able to find 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 equally impressive. You just can't do much better than a straight A profile.
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- 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
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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
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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.
Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category. Our nursing rating is mostly tied to a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at 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 facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving a resident even once per day.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was awarded a high-end short-term care score. In fact, this ended up being this facility's third strongest category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A-. In our short-term care rating, we attempt to craft a sound gauge for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the facility's offerings of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final measure we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We found that 5.5 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we assessed is long-term care, where this facility received a grade of A-. This rounded out a very strong profile. Only a select few facilities received an A- or higher in every single category. Long-term care scores of this caliber generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 74.4186 percent of its residents. This is somewhat less than we expected. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Friends House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Friends House, 6.34% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Friends House, 2.33% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term patients that sustained a fall resulting in severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Friends House, 2.4% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint can also be misleading for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Friends House, 15.29% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Friends House, 8.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are administered to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Friends House, 1.27% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many in the industry believe this is a reliable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Friends House, 84.15% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Friends House, 26.03% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate deterioration of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Friends House, 17.44% of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Friends House, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Friends House, 17.44% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Friends House, 8.62% of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Friends House, 74.99% of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some believe this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.
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