Good Shepherd Lutheran Home is a large non-profit nursing home located in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. This nursing home was given an A- overall, which is one of the best grades that we offer. A grade in this range requires excellent marks across the board. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top third of all nursing homes in the nation. This facility's impressive report card was highlighted by its inspection rating, which we will address in the next paragraph.
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Home
- Nursing Home
- Contracted Memory Care
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 - Other
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in Minnesota Awards 2019
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its great overall score, we awarded this facility an A for inspections. Our inspection scores are tied to several pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that excel in this category tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. While this nursing home had some deficiencies on its report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing grade. In that category, we awarded this facility an A. Our nursing score is mostly based on the nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed 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 place Minnesota in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving a resident more often.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning the page to our next category, we gave this facility a score of A for its short-term care grade. This is a dominant score. In computing our short-term care ratings, we look at a facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This area is considered to be a useful assessment of a nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who who were able to eventually return home from this facility. We found that 5.5 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we rated is long-term care, which proved to be a weak link for this facility. We awarded this nursing home a D for the area of long-term care, making this the nursing home's weakest grade. We'd nevertheless recommend that you consider all of a nursing home's grades. For long-term care residents, the primary objective is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. Once we looked at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 96.14458 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is higher than the majority of nursing homes. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 6.14% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from remaining in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care. More supervision reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 2.89% of Patients had UTIs
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term patients which have sustained a urinary tract infection. While a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare different nursing homes due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 15.26% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents who are given antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities may 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 Shepherd Lutheran Home, 11.96% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents who were administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are given to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 4.16% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Higher levels of depression may be an indicator worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 94.15% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 13.41% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 15.86% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 1.28 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 15.86 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 14.49 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, 77.42% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint measures the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements.
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