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Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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109 Foothills Drive,
Morganton NC 28655

(828) 580-7000

84.75% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Morganton, North Carolina, Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center is one of a mere two facilities in the area. We awarded this facility an overall grade of B-. A grade of this caliber requires some decent scores. This nursing home has some things going for it. One of the major highlights of this nursing home's profile is its exemplary inspection grade, which we will address in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

The primary reason this ended up being a decent nursing home is that it received an excellent inspection score. In fact, its inspection grade was far superior to its overall grade. In the inspections category, we gave this facility an A+. Inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

Additionally, we awarded this facility a grade of B in our long-term care category. This happens to be one of our more favorable scores. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in long-term care it is usually a good sign for patient care and indicates that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. After considering the volume of nursing care, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 96.815285 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia tragically can be a deadly illness for nursing home residents so we like it when a nursing home doesn't take any chances. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home's next most favorable area is its short-term care grade, where it received a B-. Our short-term care scores are presumably most critical for those requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation usually utilizes more skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means not only nursing, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. This facility was satisfactory in the two key staffing areas we looked at. It offered a reasonable level of care from both physical therapists and registered nurses. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents that who were able to eventually return home from this facility. It also fared well in this area with 60.2 percent of its patients returning home. Most facilities are below 50 percent in this statistic.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

The last area we looked at was nursing, ended up being this facility's worst category. We gave this nursing home a D in this area. This is one of the couple of weak links of a strong profile. There are a variety of data points within this area. Most of the subcategories relate to the quantity of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 3.2 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. In addition to receiving below average marks for total nursing hours, this place was a bit less impressive in some of the quality-based measures we looked at in determining our nursing grades. We looked at the percent of residents sustaining pressure ulcers and found that this nursing home was at approximately 1.5 times the national average in this statistic. This is a bad sign when you consider that so many pressure ulcers are believed to be preventable with better nursing care. This statistic pulled down this facility's nursing grade substantially.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 10.34% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 3.97% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls which result in injury are often the result of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 3.26% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes linked to poorer hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 11.5% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for a variety of conditions, including dementia. Unfortunately, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 22.5% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients receiving antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 3.06% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 88.86% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 19.28% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 26.79% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 1.3 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 26.79 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 11.98 Percentage of Patients

Measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 72.58% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percent of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue this is a measure of rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Carolinas Healthcare System-Blue RidgeAcute Care Hospitals 0.41 miles away2201 S Sterling St Morganton North Carolina 28655Proprietary(828) 580-5000
  • Caldwell Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 14.39 miles away321 Mulberry St Sw Lenoir North Carolina 28645Voluntary non-profit - Other(828) 757-5100
  • Frye Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 17.63 miles away420 N Center St Hickory North Carolina 28601Proprietary(828) 322-6070

Nearby Dialysis

  • Bma of Burke County Inc3.13 miles away814 West Union St Morganton North Carolina 28655CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 36 (828) 439-8489
  • Bma of Lenoir Inc14.38 miles away322 Mulberry Street Sw Lenoir North Carolina 28645CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 34 (828) 754-5322
  • Davita Catawba County Dialysis19.34 miles away1900 3rd Avenue Lane Se Hickory North Carolina 28602Dialysis Stations: 10 (828) 304-0102
  • Fmc Dialysis Services of Hickory19.4 miles away1899 Tate Blvd Ste 1103 Hickory North Carolina 28602CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 35 (828) 324-9580
  • Bio-Medical Applications of North Carolina, Inc.19.4 miles away1899 Tate Blvd Se Suite 2102 Hickory North Carolina 28602Dialysis Stations: 5 (828) 304-0018

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