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Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center's website

109 Foothills Drive,
Morganton NC 28655

(828) 580-7000

83.41% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Morganton, North Carolina, Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center is one of just three available nursing homes in this city. Featuring an overall score of C, this is likely a middle of the road nursing home. This actually ended up being the highest graded nursing home in Morganton. One of the best aspects of this nursing home's profile is its remarkable inspection score, which is addressed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Awards

Top Nursing Home in North Carolina badge

Top Nursing Home in North Carolina Awards 2019

Best Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina badge

Best Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina Awards 2019

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

The main reason this facility received a decent overall grade is its impeccable inspections in recent years. We awarded them one of our higher grades in that category, with an A. This is a much better grade than the facility's overall grade, which was decent but certainly not elite. Our inspection scores account for several factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this area usually have few severe deficiencies. This place was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies to cause an imminent risk to resident safety or health. A couple of minor deficiencies should not stop you from considering a nursing home.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home was given its next most favorable category grade in the category of short-term care. We awarded this nursing home a grade of B- in this category, which is a decent score. In forming our short-term care scores, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our purpose is to devise a scale for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Unfortunately, we found that this place provided fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. The key is determining what bearing this had on quality of care. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.8 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

We awarded this facility just a D for our long-term care rating. This is not a score to write home about. For prospective residents looking for a permanent place to live rather than skilled nursing, long-term care is a very important category. One of the criteria we considered after nurse's aid hours was vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 98.13084 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home had less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

This nursing home's weakest category was nursing, which is the final area we analyzed. For this category, we gave this nursing home a grade of just D. There are numerous factors included in this area. Many of the data points are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This place provided only 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in calculating our nursing grades. This facility fared well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 10.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by remaining in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 3.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision. Closer supervision can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 3.21% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint can be skewed for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 11.74% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 22.05% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: F

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 3.01% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 87.89% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 18.87% Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 24.57% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 1.39 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 24.57 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Grace Heights Health & Rehab Center, 11.81 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

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

This is the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.

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