With an address in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is one of a mere two facilities there. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of C. A score in this range requires some decent scores. Based on our assessment, there are certainly much worse facilities out there. The best part of this place's report card is is its inspection rating. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section.
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Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
- 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 - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
We want to point out that this facility really outperformed its overall grade in the category of inspections. In fact, it received an excellent inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our best scores in that area with an A-. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite minor. This particular nursing home received 6 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a solid inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.
One of the other reasons we graded this facility so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing grade. In that category, we gave this facility an B-. Our nursing score is based on a host of factors. The most important variable is the amount of time nurses spend with residents. This place provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is a low total compared to most nursing homes. Lastly, we also assessed several nursing quality measures. Although this place got docked a bit for its nursing hours per resident, it excelled in some of these quality-based metrics. With fewer than five percent of its patients experiencing pressure ulcers, it fared remarkably well in this area. This is often a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as having a policy of turning residents even once per day.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning to the category of short-term care, this nursing home was awarded just a D in this category. Short-term care ratings are based in part on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This means a wide range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other types of therapy. With its grade in this area, we weren't stunned to learn that this nursing home is well below average in terms of its number of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its patients based on the figures we assessed. The last measure we considered in this category is the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the facility. This facility struggled quite a bit in this metric as well, with just 4.6 percent of its residents returning home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we assessed was long-term care, which proved to be a weak link for this facility. We awarded this facility a grade of D for our long-term care category. Facilities that receive this kind of score in long-term care likely don't provide the type of consistent 24/7 care that some other facilities provide. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 92.96875 percent of its patients. This is a few points below what we expected but still a respectable percentage. To our surprise, this facility was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 7.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that have pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 3.38% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing protocols limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 1.85% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term stay residents who have suffered from urinary tract infections. UTI's could be an indication of poor nursing care. However, this datapoint may also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15.28% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These medications may be used for several conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 18.78% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are commonly given to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 3.3% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents showing depressive symptoms. Increased levels of depression could be a sign a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 86.27% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15.17% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate decline of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 17.92% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who were able to retain mobility. Some experts argue that the ability to move around is critical to patients mental and physical health.
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 17.92 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 9.68 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 73.03% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with ADL's typically correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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