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Good Shepherd Lutheran Home

  • Nursing Home
  • Contracted Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: A+Mar 20: A+Apr 20: A+May 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: ASep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: A-Feb 21: A-Mar 21: A-Apr 21: A-May 21: A-Jun 21: A-Jul 21: A-Aug 21: A-Sep 21: A-Oct 21: A-Nov 21: A-Jan 22: B+Feb 22: B+Mar 22: B+Apr 22: A-May 22: A-Jun 22: A-
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Home's website

1115 4th Avenue North,
Sauk Rapids MN 56379

(320) 252-6525

73.88% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home is the only option we were able to find in this city. This nursing home received an A- overall, which is one of the highest scores we offer. A grade in this range requires superb scores across the board. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top third of all nursing homes in the United States. This nursing home's impressive profile was highlighted by its nursing score, which is addressed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Other
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ for nursing. We assessed the skill-level of nurses at the facility, as well as the quantity of hours the nurses spent with patients, in computing our grade in this category. This nursing home provides 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 facility 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 frequently be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

In addition, this facility also earned a nearly flawless government inspection report. As a result, it earned one of our best grades in that category with an A-. Inspection scores are tied to datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that excel in this category typically have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This nursing home received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered severe. This indicates that the government inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to create an immediate threat to resident safety or health. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

We also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received an elite score of A- in our short-term care area. Our short-term care scores are arguably more critical for folks needing rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation usually requires more highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 5.3 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The last area we analyzed was long-term care. This nursing home was awarded a very good long-term care rating in our assessment, with a B-. While this was not nearly as strong as some of its other category grades, this is still a respectable rating for this category. Long-term care ratings are based in part on a facility's volume of nursing services. This includes a broad range of personal care services, ranging from help with activities of daily living to routine medical services. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 96.65272 percent of its patients. This facility was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization 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.

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

Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 6.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 4.32% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of patients that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 2.81% of Patients had UTIs

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term care residents which have experienced urinary tract infections. UTI's could be an indication of lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint may also be skewed for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 16.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 12.17% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of residents who were given antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 4.73% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients demonstrating depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression may indicate lower quality care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 93.57% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 13.28% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 20.05% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 1.26 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 20.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 12.78 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 76.19% Percentage of Resident

This metric measures the percent of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • St Cloud HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 1.95 miles away1406 6th Ave North Saint Cloud Minnesota 56303Voluntary non-profit - Private(320) 255-5661

Nearby Dialysis

  • St Cloud Hospital2.41 miles awayHealth Plaza Dialysis 2035 15th St N Ste 220 Saint Cloud Minnesota 56303CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 26 (320) 656-7014