Guardian Angels Care Center is an average-sized non-profit facility in Elk River, Minnesota. We gave this facility an B+ overall grade, ranking it in the top third of all nursing homes in the nation. You can certainly do much worse than this facility. The best aspect of this facility's strong report card is its short-term care score. We discuss short-term care in the next section
Guardian Angels Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Church related
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
We also found that this nursing home excelled in our short-term care rating. We gave them an A+ in this category. Our short-term care ratings are meaningful for residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates more highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes a wide range of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last item we looked at in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 6.4 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Adding to its impressive grades, we gave this facility an A for inspections. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection ratings. One of those factors is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these are relatively insignificant. Although this facility had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were serious based on CMS' scale. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor made us feel better about this inspection report.
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We also awarded this nursing home a grade of A- for our nursing grade. The nursing score assesses quite a few factors, many of which are associated with nursing hours. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we graded was long-term care. In this category, we gave this nursing home a decent grade of C. This actually is this facility's least impressive category. For prospective patients seeking a permanent place to live rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. Once we finished looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. We were pleased to find that this facility vaccinates 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia. This facility keeps its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Guardian Angels Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 6.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can minimize the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 4.32% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients which had falls leading to severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 2.81% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely associated with poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be misleading for some facilities due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 16.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for many conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 12.17% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 4.73% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 93.57% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 13.28% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate deterioration of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 20.05% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 1.26 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is important to maintaining the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 20.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 12.78 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the emergency room and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Guardian Angels Care Center, 76.19% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percentage of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements.
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