Heart of Georgia Nursing Home is an average-sized nursing home in Eastman, Georgia. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of D. A score of this caliber typically suggests a few concerning datapoints. As far as we can see, we would struggle to recommend this nursing home. If you aren't deterred by this facility's report card, you can continue reading to learn more about its category grades. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph.
Heart of Georgia Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Amputee Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
While this nursing home's overall score was not a highlight, it actually really excelled in the area of inspections. In fact, we awarded it an A+ for that area, which is one of our best scores. Our inspection ratings weigh several factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. You should avoid nursing homes with a list of severe deficiencies flagged. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This tells you the inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies are not necessarily the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
The second most favorable area we gave this nursing home in any category came in the area of long-term care, where we gave it a C. Long-term care grades are based in part on the facility's amount of nursing care. This includes a broad scope of personal care services, ranging from assistance with activities of daily living to routine medical services. One of the factors we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours is vaccinations. Fortunately, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its patients. Lastly, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility ended up receiving a a terrible score in our short-term care area. It received an F in this area. In computing our short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other types of therapists. This category is often a fair assessment of the facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. Based on its grade in this category, we weren't surprised to discover that this facility is well below average in terms of the number of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the figures we looked at. Honestly, this was what we expected here. The last datapoint we assessed in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.1 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor metrics sunk this nursing home's short-term care score.
The last category we scored is nursing. We gave it an abysmal F for this category, which is a poor grade. We looked at the qualifications of nurses at the nursing home, in addition to the number of hours the nurses worked with residents, in calculating our score in this category. This facility offered only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is well below average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in calculating our nursing scores. This nursing home performed well when it comes to minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heart of Georgia Nursing Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 10.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 3.1% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 3.23% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this statistic can be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 18.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 21.48% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 5.43% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 93.26% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 17.3% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 23.05% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 1.51 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 23.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 11.54 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 69.88% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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