With an address in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Helmwood Healthcare Center is one of five available facilities there. This turns out to be a middle of the pack facility, with an overall grade of B-. The nursing homes in Elizabethtown received quality grades across the board with a city grade of a B. The best part of this nursing home's report card is its remarkable inspection grade. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
Helmwood Healthcare Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
106 Diecks Drive,
Elizabethtown KY 42701
82.5% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
This facility received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to point out its nearly flawless health inspection reports in recent years. We awarded them an A+ in this category. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
In addition, we gave this facility a B in our short-term care category. This happens to be one of our higher scores. In crafting these short-term care ratings, we look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The purpose is to create a measure for sizing up the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. Fortunately, this nursing home offers both physical therapists and registered nurses. Not all facilities offer both. The last datapoint we considered in this category is the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. This place performed as well as just about any nursing home in Kentucky in this area with 57.3 percent of its patients returning home. With most facilities, fewer than half of their short-stay residents are able to return home.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third area we analyzed is long-term care, where this facility was awarded a grade of B- in this category. If you are seeking anything other than short-term rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care ratings. Once we concluded our assessment of the volume of care provided by nurses, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination statistics. We were pleased to learn that this nursing home vaccinates 95.757576 percent of its residents for pneumonia. This facility keeps its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.59 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
This nursing home's worst category is nursing, which is the final area we assessed. We gave it an abysmal F for this category. In spite of multiple solid grades in other categories, this score is still concerning so we would like to to make a note of it. Our nursing score looks at the facility's nurse staffing levels. We factor in both the levels of training of those nurses as well as the amount of time spent with residents. This nursing home provides 2.9 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. To pair with its subpar totals in the area of nursing hours per patient, this nursing home also didn't perform as well in the quality-based measures we looked at in calculating our nursing grades. We looked at the percentage of residents sustaining major falls and pressure ulcers. This nursing home had more falls and pressure ulcers than the average nursing home. This could be a bad sign when you consider that many falls and bed sores are believed to be preventable with better nursing care. These scores pulled down this nursing home's nursing rating quite a bit.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Helmwood Healthcare Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 9.24% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage caused by staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 3.89% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are routinely associated with lower levels of patient supervision. More supervision limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 2.7% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 15.86% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 28.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 7.9% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many in the industry argue that this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 91.16% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 15.59% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and continence. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 21.85% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 1.51 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 21.85 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 13.28 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Helmwood Healthcare Center, 72.21% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of independence with ADL's often correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
Scores for Elizabethtown, KY
- 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
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-plus
Looking for more options? Elizabethtown, Kentucky has 4 other nursing homes
- Hardin Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 0.16 miles away913 North Dixie Avenue Elizabethtown Kentucky 42701Government - Local(270) 737-1212
- Fmc - of Hardin County1.36 miles away1324 Woodland Drive, Ste B Elizabethtown Kentucky 42701Dialysis Stations: 13 (270) 763-0396
- Davita - Dialysis of Central Kentucky2 miles away2807 Ring Road Elizabethtown Kentucky 42702Dialysis Stations: 29 (270) 735-1883
- Davita - Radcliff Dialysis9.69 miles away180 East Lincoln Trail Blvd Radcliff Kentucky 40160Dialysis Stations: 12 (270) 352-2252
- Fmc-Nak Radcliff, LLC9.94 miles away211 E Lincoln Trail Blvd Radcliff Kentucky 40160Dialysis Stations: 13 (270) 352-2555