Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake is a small non-profit nursing home located in Howard Lake, Minnesota. After receiving an A overall grade, this nursing home has the distinction of being one of the top 100 nursing homes in Minnesota. This is an impressive achievement in a state with a long list of high-end nursing homes. This is just about as good of a place as you'll find. This also ended up being a very consistent facility with consistently strong grades in all four of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories is available below.
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Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 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 Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Physical Therapy
- Bariatric Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this ended up being a quality nursing home is it earned an A+ in our inspections category. This is just about as good as it gets in this very important category. Inspection scores are tied to datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that receive favorable grades in this area have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this facility had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Adding to its elite profile, this nursing home also performed well in our short-term care category. In fact, it received a grade of A for the category. In forming our short-term care ratings, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The objective is to devise a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of various facilities. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last measure we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients who who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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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. The nursing score is based on several subcategories, most of which are based on levels of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics 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 country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a system of turning a patient more often.
Long-term Care Quality
Moving on to our last area, this nursing home also performed admirably in the long-term care category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for this category. This rounded out a straight A profile. Facilities that excel in long-term care tend to be well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to residents. After considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand 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 - Howard Lake Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 6.14% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term patients which have sustained falls which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 2.89% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely caused by poor nursing care. More frequent bathing minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this statistic is affected by by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 15.26% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of long-term residents which are administered antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients with cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 11.96% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically prescribed to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 4.16% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many believe that this is a reliable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 94.15% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 13.41% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Some experts argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 15.86% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 15.86 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of residents.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 77.42% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some believe that this is a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.
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