Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare is a small non-profit nursing home in Austin, Minnesota. With an overall rating of A-, this nursing home is ranked among the higher-graded nursing homes we assessed. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top fifth of all nursing homes nationally. This place's strong profile was highlighted by its short-term care score, which you can find in the next paragraph.
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Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute 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
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
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Short-term Care Quality
We also found that this nursing home excelled at short-term care. We gave them an A+ in this category. In calculating these short-term care scores, we quantify the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The purpose is to create a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this facility. We found that 6.2 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
This facility also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Our nursing grade is mostly associated with a nursing home's nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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This facility has received near flawless health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A- in this category. Arguably the most critical factor we consider in computing our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this category typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. This nursing home received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This means that the inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to be an imminent risk to patient health or safety. We should note that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we scored is long-term care, where this facility was given a B-. This turned out to be this facility's weakest area. This is still nothing to be ashamed of. Our long-term care grades are more important for folks in need of more traditional assistance related to activities of daily living. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 99.06542 percent of its patients, which is better than most nursing homes. This facility also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations 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.
Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 6.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 0.93% of Patients had Serious Falls
This measures the percentage of long-term residents that have suffered a fall leading to severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 0.93% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 2.88% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These medications are sometimes used to treat several medical conditions, such as dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 7.59% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 3.41% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who are exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 97.89% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 16.46% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 12.31% of Residents
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels. Some believe that the ability to move around is vital to residents' physical and mental well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 12.31% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 12.93% of Patients
This metric measures 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
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 76.57% of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements.