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Harris Hill Nursing Facility

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Harris Hill Nursing Facility's website

2699 Wehrle Drive,
Buffalo NY 14221

(716) 632-3700

97.23% estimated occupancy 1

Harris Hill Nursing Facility is located in the densely populated metropolitan area of Buffalo, New York with a population of 564,824 people. With an overall grade of B-, this is a decent nursing home. The facilities in Buffalo received quality scores across the board with a city grade of a B. The best part of this nursing home's report card was its stellar inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

This facility received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its excellent health inspections in recent years. We gave them an impressive grade of A+ in this category. Arguably the most significant factor we look at in computing our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with higher grades in this category typically avoided the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. Amazingly, this was one of the few nursing homes in the country that had no deficiencies whatsoever on its inspection report. This is very impressive. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Another one of this nursing home's more impressive category scores was in the area of long-term care. In that area, we awarded this nursing home a B+. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care tend to be well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to patients. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 98.416885 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients out of the hospital. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

One of this facility's better category grades was in the area of nursing care. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of C. Nursing grades are based in large part on quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Finally, our nursing grades also consider quality-based assessments, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this place actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is typically a good indicator that a facility has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls can be avoided if a nursing home supplies enough nurses aids to assist its patients.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

Switching gears to our final category, we awarded this nursing home a D for our short-term care category. This was the nursing home's weakest category rating. Of course, this score pulled down the facility's overall profile a bit. Our short-term care ratings are presumably more important for people requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means not merely nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. In this nursing home's case, we found that it provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The final metric we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.7 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar statistics doomed this nursing home's short-term care grade.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Harris Hill Nursing Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 9.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 3.04% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents who have had falls which caused major injury. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2.1% of Patients had UTIs

This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients that experienced UTI's. Although a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 11.59% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who are given antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 13.3% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 13.2% of Patients

This is the percent of residents showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 91.26% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 14.75% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of erosion of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 17.32% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that maintained mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 17.32 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 8.8 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 75.07% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percentage of short-term patients who saw functional improvements.

Scores for Buffalo, NY

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A

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Nearby Hospitals

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  • Kaleida HealthAcute Care Hospitals 9.71 miles away100 High Street Buffalo New York 14210Voluntary non-profit - Private(716) 859-8620
  • Mercy Hospital of BuffaloAcute Care Hospitals 9.81 miles away565 Abbott Road Buffalo New York 14220Voluntary non-profit - Private(716) 826-7000
  • Eastern Niagara HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 15.36 miles away521 East Avenue Lockport New York 14094Voluntary non-profit - Private(716) 514-5700

Nearby Dialysis

  • Pure Life Renal of Buffalo Inc.2.16 miles away6010 Main Street Buffalo New York 14221Dialysis Stations: 25 (716) 631-4700
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  • Us Renal Care Cheektowaga Dialysis5.6 miles away2875 Union Road, Suite 13 C/D Buffalo New York 14227CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 13 (716) 684-0276
  • Davita Cleve Hill Dialysis Center5.8 miles away1461 Kensington Avenue Buffalo New York 14215CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (716) 831-8892
  • Us Renal Care Amherst Dialysis7.16 miles away2880, Sheridan Dr Tonawanda New York 14150Dialysis Stations: 13 (716) 541-9165
  • Erie County Medical Center7.49 miles away462 Grider Street Dialysis Unit Buffalo New York 14215Dialysis Stations: 36 (716) 898-1400
  • Us Renal Care Tonawanda Dialysis8.59 miles away3161 Eggert Road Tonawanda New York 14150CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 13 (716) 832-0159