Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales is a nursing home in Lake Wales, Florida. This city has 37,098 people. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A grade in this range requires some decent marks. Based on all of the relevant data, there are certainly much worse places out there. One of the highlights of this nursing home's profile is its strong inspection score, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
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Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Registered Staff Hours
This facility earned an inspection score which is stronger than its overall rating. Inspection ratings are based on the facility's recent health inspections. We awarded this facility a very solid grade of B in this area. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection ratings. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these are quite minor. While this facility had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple relatively minor dings are not necessarily the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also was awarded a positive long-term care score. In fact, we awarded them a grade of B in that area, which happens to be one of our better. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in long-term care it typically means it's well-staffed and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. After assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 96.498055 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is better than the average nursing home. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Next, we looked at the nursing category where we awarded this nursing home a grade of B-, which is a decent grade. The nursing rating weighs a host of factors. The most important one is the quantity of hours nurses spend with patients. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident daily, which is not an impressive total. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we looked at. In fact, it scored well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be indicators of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is just as important as the number of hours of care offered.
Short-term Care Quality
The last category we scored is short-term care. This facility was awarded a grade of B- for the area. Our short-term care grade is generally employed to judge a facility's rehabilitation services. To provide quality rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to have better levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this nursing home submitted data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. Lastly, we considered the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5.3 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 3.57% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 4.28% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 0.83% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term care residents that had a UTI. Although more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to nursing homes having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 3.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 42.79% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 4.66% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents exhibiting signs of depression. Increased levels of depression may indicate worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 98.25% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 7.58% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating. Many in the industry argue that this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 11.95% of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 11.95% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 17.92% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to assess short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Grace Healthcare of Lake Wales, 91.07% of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.
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