Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare is one of a mere two facilities in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Sporting an overall score of C, this looks like a respectable facility. Based on all of the relevant data, there are definitely much worse nursing homes out there. One of the better aspects of this nursing home's profile is its strong nursing grade, which you can find in the next section.
Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Oncology Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
We gave this facility one of our better scores in nursing, with a grade of A-. This is a notably better grade than the facility's overall score, which was decent but not in the elite range. When calculating a nursing home's nursing grade, we consider the number of hours nurses spend with residents as well as the skill levels of the nurses. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics 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 New Mexico in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as having a system of turning a patient even once per day.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was awarded a strong grade in our short-term care category. We gave this facility a better than average grade of B+ in that category. In our short-term care assessment, we attempt to create a meaningful measure for rehabilitation. In doing so, we analyze the facility's level of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the percentage of patients who who were able to eventually return home from this facility. We found that 4.9 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
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Among this facility's alarming category grades was an F for its inspection grade. More often than not, this means we found some red flags on the facility's inspection reports. For nursing homes with bad inspection ratings, you should focus on any severe deficiencies found on their recent inspection reports. This particular facility had a category G through L deficiency, which rank among the more serious categories of deficiencies. These categories indicate that the deficiencies identified by the government inspectors had potential to cause actual harm to patients. Finally, we would like to point out that this facility was assessed significant government fines recently amounting to more than $100,000. This often indicates that a facility's poor track record spanned several years.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we graded is long-term care. We gave it a lowly F for this category, which is an abysmal score. This is certainly a major concern. Nursing homes that do not fare well in long-term care often don't provide as much nursing care and also may be lagging in some of the areas of routine healthcare services we looked at. After assessing the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. We were somewhat surprised to discover that this nursing home vaccinated only 89.79591 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Surprisingly, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes. This is its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 9.1% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can reduce the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 3.06% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 1.54% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision reduces the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this metric is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 16.38% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients that are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some facilities need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 14.02% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. These drugs are used to treat residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 2.99% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients exhibiting symptoms of depression. Many in the industry would argue this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 87.52% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 16.91% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of deterioration of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 20.63% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who remained mobile levels. Many believe that the ability to move around is important for patients well-being.
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 1.27 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 20.63 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 15.13 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to assess patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Samaritan Society - Betty Dare, 64.67% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many would argue that this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
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