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Heritage Care Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Adult Day Care
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: AFeb 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: AAug 19: ASep 19: AJan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: ASep 20: AOct 20: A-Jan 21: A-Feb 21: A-Mar 21: A-Apr 21: B+May 21: B+Jun 21: B+Jul 21: B-Aug 21: B-Sep 21: B-Oct 21: B+Nov 21: B+Jan 22: BFeb 22: BMar 22: BApr 22: B+May 22: B+Jun 22: B+
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Heritage Care Center's website

P O Box 667, 909 17th Street,
Fairbury NE 68352

(402) 729-2289

56.1% estimated occupancy 1

Heritage Care Center is a facility located in Fairbury, Nebraska. This city has a total of 5,222 people. Sporting an overall grade of B+, this nursing home should work for most people. As far as we can see, this place is a good fit for most people. The best part of this nursing home's strong profile is its inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Other
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

In addition to performing well in its overall grade, this nursing home performed at an even higher level in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some of these end up being relatively insignificant. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones 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. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in the industry.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing rating. In that area, we gave this nursing home a grade of A-. There are a variety of criteria within this area. Most of these factors reflect the quantity of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

This nursing home also received a favorable long-term care grade. Indeed, we gave it an above average grade of B in this area. Facilities that do well in this category tend to provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. One of the datapoints we considered after nursing hours was vaccines. This facility provided the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. Vaccination is a great way to avoid unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations for the nursing home population. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The next area we graded turned out to be this nursing home's weakest category. However, even in its worst category we still awarded it a decent grade of C for short-term care. In determining our short-term care ratings, we size up a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This score is generally a meaningful assessment of a facility's rehabilitation services. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 4.4 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Heritage Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Heritage Care Center, 5.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Heritage Care Center, 4.88% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a fall leading to serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Heritage Care Center, 3.69% of Patients had UTIs

This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be an indication of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric could be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Heritage Care Center, 18.23% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Heritage Care Center, 19.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Heritage Care Center, 4.27% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Many believe that this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Heritage Care Center, 93.22% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Heritage Care Center, 15.08% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and eating.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Heritage Care Center, 21.04% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Heritage Care Center, 1.25 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Heritage Care Center, 21.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In Heritage Care Center, 77.94% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percent of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.