Gundersen Harmony Care Center is a small non-profit nursing home located in Harmony, Minnesota. We gave this facility an A overall grade, ranking it in the top ten percentile of all facilities in the nation. You flat out can not do much better than this place. Finally, this wound up being a very consistent facility with consistently strong grades in all of the major categories we assessed. Additional information about its category grades can be found below.
Gundersen Harmony Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Adult Day Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Lymphedema Care
Top Nursing Home in Minnesota Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
We also wanted to emphasize that this nursing home has received near flawless government inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this area. These inspection scores weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This means that CMS did not deem any of these deficiencies an imminent threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received an impressive grade of A in our nursing category. Nursing ratings are mostly tied to the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also was given a top-shelf long-term care score. In fact, this ended up being its third most impressive category score. In that area, we gave this facility a score of A. When facilities receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. After looking at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is far higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our fourth category, this facility was given a highly favorable short-term care rating. In fact, we gave it a grade of A- in this area, rounding out a straight A profile. In determining these short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our goal is to devise a measure for comparing the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the number of patients that were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Gundersen Harmony Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 6.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents who are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Falls are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 2.83% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint tells you the percentage of long-term residents which experienced a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be a sign of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this metric can be misleading for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 16.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 12.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 4.58% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 93.31% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 13.09% Percentage of Patients
This tells you 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 may indicate the deterioration of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 18.07% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients that maintained mobility. Some experts argue that the ability to move around is critical to residents' well-being.
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 18.07 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Gundersen Harmony Care Center, 76.76% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with ADL's often correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
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