Good Shepherd Lutheran Community is an average-sized non-profit nursing home in Blair, Nebraska. This facility received an A- overall, which is one of our best ratings. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top 25 percent of all nursing homes nationally. As you will see below, this place also performed just fine in our category ratings. It is hard to poke holes in this place's profile.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Community
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
On top of faring well overall, this nursing home received a nearly flawless inspection report. Therefore, it received one of our highest scores in that category with an A+. Inspection grades are based on many datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this area tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. 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 nursing home also received an A+ for its long-term care grade. When facilities receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means it's well-staffed and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. On top of considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 98.295456 percent of its residents, which is much higher than most nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third area we graded is short-term care. This nursing home was awarded an impressive short-term care score, with a B in the area. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we size up the facility's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This grade is considered to be a reliable assessment of the facility's rehabilitation services. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final statistic we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that 5.6 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
Switching gears to the fourth area, this facility was given a very strong nursing score. Even though this isn't as impressive as many of its other category grades, this is still one of the more impressive grades we offer. Our nursing grade assesses the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We factor in both the levels of licensure of those nurses and the number of hours spent with patients. This nursing home averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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, 5.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients which suffered from pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an barometer of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 4.88% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are routinely linked to poor nursing care. Closer supervision can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 3.69% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that suffered from UTI's. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare between nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 18.23% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 19.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly used to treat residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 4.27% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some experts believe this is a reasonable measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 93.22% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 15.08% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may indicate erosion of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 21.04% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents who remained mobile levels. Some would argue that the ability to move around is important for patients well-being.
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 1.25 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 21.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 77.94% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term patients who experienced functional improvements.
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