Heart of Georgia Nursing Home is an average-sized nursing home in Eastman, Georgia. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A score of this caliber requires some decent scores. This nursing home seems to have some things working in its favor. The best part of this nursing home's report card was its remarkable inspection score. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
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Heart of Georgia Nursing Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- 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
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Registered Staff Hours
While this nursing home's overall grade was not bad, it really fared well in the category of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A+ for that category, which is one of our best scores. Inspection scores are tied to several pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that excel in this category have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
We also awarded this facility an impressive score in long-term care. This facility earned a grade of B in this area, which turns out to be one of our higher grades. Facilities that receive this kind of grade in long-term care tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to make sure patients are kept in good health. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is much higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
The next area we graded is short-term care, where this nursing home was awarded a grade of C in this area. In determining our short-term care scores, we analyze a nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This area is frequently a fair measure of the facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. Unfortunately, it does not appear that this nursing home submitted information about its staffing of registered nurses or physical therapists. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the number of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 5.2 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
The next area we assessed was nursing, which was this nursing home's weakest area. We gave this facility a D in that category. Sadly, this category pulled down the facility's overall profile to some degree. Our nursing grade is primarily tied to a facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home averaged just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This is well below average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing ratings. This facility performed well when it comes to minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these data points to be indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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, 10.15% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 3.46% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 3.2% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 18.35% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are used for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 20.07% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 4.8% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 94.56% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 16.73% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing. Many in the industry would argue that this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 17.19% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels.
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 1.66 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 17.19 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 11.58 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to assess short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, 68.99% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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