Good Shepherd Lutheran Community is an average-sized non-profit nursing home in Blair, Nebraska. This proved to be a very solid facility, with an overall grade of B. Based on all of the relevant data, you could do much worse than this facility. The best part of this facility's strong profile was its inspection score. We discuss inspections in the next section
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Community
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in Nebraska Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Blair, Nebraska Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Nebraska Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Blair, Nebraska Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
This facility received a strong overall score as described above, but we especially want to emphasize its excellent government inspections in recent years. We awarded it an A+ in this category. Inspection grades are based on datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this category have 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 particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility performed well in our long-term care category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that area, which turns out to be one of our better scores. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to patients. In addition to looking at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 94.35897 percent of its residents, which is more than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Turning to the category of nursing care, this facility didn't perform quite as well in this area as some of the categories discussed above. Nevertheless, a grade of C in this category is by no means a bad score. Our nursing grade assesses several subcategories, many of which are based on nursing hours. This place averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient per day, which is not an impressive total. Finally, despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this place performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is generally a reliable indicator that a nursing home has quality controls in place.
Short-term Care Quality
The last area we rated was short-term care. We awarded this nursing home a D in short-term care, making this the facility's weakest category. In the category of short-term care, we try to qualify measures of a facility's rehabilitation. We analyze a nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Unfortunately, we found that this nursing home provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. The final measure we looked at in this category is the number of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 0 percent of its residents returning home. Unfortunately, this was quite a bit below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Community Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 3.76% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 2.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients that have had falls which resulted in severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 2.19% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often associated with nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 4.91% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used to treat a variety of conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 15.82% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 3.68% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 90.93% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 13.45% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom. Some argue that this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 18.39% of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term patients who retained mobility levels. Some believe that the ability to move around is vital to patients physical and mental health.
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 18.39% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 82.87% of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements.
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