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.
Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has 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
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.
Long-term Care Quality
Adding to its elite profile, this nursing home also performed well in our long-term care category. In fact, it received a grade of A for the category. When nursing homes receive this type of score in long-term care it is typically a good sign for patient care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. After looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 98.888885 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is significantly higher than the average nursing home. 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 only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning the page to our next category, this nursing home received an excellent short-term care grade. In fact, we awarded it a score of A- in that category. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we look at the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This rating is typically a fair measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5.8 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
In the last area, this facility also was given an impressive nursing grade, with an A-. This wrapped up a very favorable report card. The nursing score includes many factors, however, the most important consideration is the quantity of nurse hours spent with patients. 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 nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving a resident more frequently.
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, 6.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 4.32% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are often associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing protocols can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 2.81% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to worse hygiene protocols. Closer supervision reduces the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 16.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are used for a variety of conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 12.17% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 4.73% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 93.57% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 13.28% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may indicate the erosion of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 20.05% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who were able to retain mobility.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 20.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 12.78 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Samaritan Society - Howard Lake, 76.19% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percentage of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many believe this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.
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