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Golden Living Center-Merrillville

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: F
Oct 18: FNov 18: FDec 18: FJan 19: FFeb 19: FMar 19: FApr 19: FMay 19: FJun 19: FJul 19: FAug 19: FSep 19: FJan 20: FMar 20: FApr 20: FMay 20: FJun 20: FJul 20: FAug 20: FSep 20: FOct 20: FJan 21: FFeb 21: FMar 21: FApr 21: FMay 21: FJun 21: FJul 21: FAug 21: FSep 21: FOct 21: FNov 21: FJan 22: FFeb 22: FMar 22: FApr 22: FMay 22: F
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8800 Virginia Place,
Merrillville IN 46410

(219) 736-1310

75% estimated occupancy 1

Golden Living Center-Merrillville is located in Merrillville, Indiana, a city with a population of 38,340 people. We gave this facility an overall rating of F. If you are not satisfied with this facility's low overall grade, you may find you have slim pickings in Merrillville. The city has just two other nursing homes. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this nursing home's profile is its impressive inspection reports. You can continue reading to find out about inspections and other category grades

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: B

While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it earned a relatively impressive government inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our better scores in that category with a B. Inspection scores account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. You generally want to avoid nursing homes with a list of severe deficiencies flagged. While this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

We awarded this nursing home a grade of just D for our long-term care score and that actually turned out to be its next best score. In a long-term care setting, the nursing home's primary goal is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 99.00745 percent of its patients. We were far less impressed with its hospitalization rate. We found that this place had 4.03 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is more than twice the national average. This is definitely a concerning figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

We were stunned to find that this facility also excelled in the category of nursing. In fact, we gave it an impressive grade of D for that category, which is one of our best scores. In computing our nursing scores, we look at both nursing hours and the training levels of the nurses. This nursing home provides 3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. In addition to receiving below average marks for total nursing hours, this nursing home was less impressive in some of the quality-based metrics we looked at in determining our nursing grades. We looked at the percent of patients experiencing pressure ulcers and found that this facility was at roughly 150 percent of the national average in this statistic. This is a bad sign when you consider that so many pressure ulcers are believed to be preventable with better nursing care. Unfortunately, this statistic really pulled down this facility's nursing score significantly.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The next category we assessed was short-term care. This nursing home received an abysmal grade of F in that category. In calculating our short-term care grades, we size up the nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This category is considered to be a meaningful measure of a facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. In this place's case, we found that it offers fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per patient than a typical facility. The final measure we looked at in this area is the number of residents who returned home from the facility. This facility struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 32 percent of its residents returning home. Unfortunately, this was quite a bit below the national average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Golden Living Center-Merrillville Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 3.9% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure gauges the percent of long-term stay residents which have suffered falls which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indicator of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 1.95% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often the result of worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this metric could also be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 13.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 21.53% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic tells you the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 12.55% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients exhibiting symptoms of depression. High levels of depression could reveal a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 91.52% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 16.15% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 17.47% Percentage of Residents

This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents who were able to retain mobility. Many in the industry would argue that the ability to move around is critical to patients mental and physical health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: F

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 1.36 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 17.47 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 11.18 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Golden Living Center-Merrillville, 73.66% Percentage of Resident

This metric measures the percentage of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Franciscan Health Crown PointAcute Care Hospitals 4.61 miles away1201 S Main St Crown Point Indiana 46307Voluntary non-profit - Church(219) 757-6100
  • St Mary Medical Center IncAcute Care Hospitals 5.24 miles away1500 S Lake Park Ave Hobart Indiana 46342Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 942-0551
  • Methodist Hospitals IncAcute Care Hospitals 10 miles away600 Grant St Gary Indiana 46402Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 886-4000
  • Franciscan Health DyerAcute Care Hospitals 10.51 miles away24 Joliet St Dyer Indiana 46311Voluntary non-profit - Church(219) 865-2141
  • Franciscan Health MunsterAcute Care Hospitals 11.06 miles away701 Superior Ave Munster Indiana 46321Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 922-4200
  • Community HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 11.24 miles away901 Macarthur Blvd Munster Indiana 46321Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 836-1600
  • St Catherine Hospital IncAcute Care Hospitals 13.77 miles away4321 Fir St East Chicago Indiana 46312Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 392-7004
  • Franciscan Health HammondAcute Care Hospitals 14.82 miles away5454 Hohman Ave Hammond Indiana 46320Voluntary non-profit - Church(219) 932-2300

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Merrillville Dialysis Center1.01 miles away550 West 84th Drive Merrillville Indiana 46410CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (219) 795-1990
  • Home Dialysis Services Merrillville, LLC1.26 miles away200 East 80th Place Suite 2 Merrillville Indiana 46410Dialysis Stations: 1 (219) 472-0379
  • Davita - Merrillville Dialysis1.99 miles away9223 Taft Street Merrillville Indiana 46410Dialysis Stations: 16 (219) 793-9035
  • Merrillville North Dialysis Center3.59 miles away6059 Broadway Merrillville Indiana 46410CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (219) 980-1090
  • Fmc - Hobart5.07 miles away1330 S. Wisconsin Street Hobart Indiana 46342CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (219) 947-9289
  • Davita - Gary5.18 miles away4802 Broadway Gary Indiana 46408CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 40 (219) 887-1199
  • Fmc - Crown Point5.29 miles away851 W. Burrell St. Crown Point Indiana 46307CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (219) 662-2648
  • Schererville Dialysis Center6.64 miles away1534 Us Highway 41 Schererville Indiana 46375Dialysis Stations: 17 (219) 322-5448

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