Heritage Hall Blacksburg is a senior living facility in Blacksburg, Virginia, a city with a total of 53,311 people. This facility is a lower end nursing home. A grade in this range suggests we found a few red flags. As far as we can see, we would be very reluctant to recommend this nursing home. More information on this facility's category grades may be found below. Its best category was long-term care, which is addressed in the next section.
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Heritage Hall Blacksburg
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Lymphedema Care
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Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
Although we were not complementary of this facility's overall score, it actually earned an impressive long-term care score this year. We gave it a grade of B+ in this area. Nursing homes that excel in this category tend to provide residents with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. After looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 99.554565 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is higher than the average nursing home. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Surprisingly, this facility actually received a good score in the area of inspections as well. We gave it a B for that category, which is one of our better scores. Few nursing homes that were this poor overall received multiple category grades of this caliber. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. You generally want to avoid facilities with a list of severe deficiencies flagged. This place was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to cause an immediate risk to resident health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.
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This facility's next best category was nursing, but even there it received a grade of just D. This is still a well below average grade. In calculating a facility's nursing rating, we consider the quantity of hours nurses are with patients as well as the level of skill of the nurses. This nursing home provided only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This is not a very impressive figure. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing scores. This place performed well when it comes to minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these datapoints to be reliable measures of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
The next area we looked at is short-term care. This nursing home received a bottom of the barrel grade of F in this area. Our short-term care scores are based in part on a facility's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a broad spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, not to mention other types of therapy. With a score of this caliber for this category, we weren't stunned to learn this nursing home was below average in two of the key staffing figures we focus on. The nursing home supplied far fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most facilities. The last item we considered in this area is the percentage of patients that were able to return home from the nursing home. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 4.8 percent of its patients returning home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Hall Blacksburg Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 8.53% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 3.74% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term care residents which have sustained falls which resulted in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indicator of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 2.25% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely associated with poor nursing care. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 15.09% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who are given antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically required. However, some facilities need to rely on these drugs due to an increased number of residents suffering from cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 19.63% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients that were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 5.07% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 88.92% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 17.15% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 18.14% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who retained mobility levels.
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 1.38 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 18.14 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 12.25 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures 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
In Heritage Hall Blacksburg, 74.96% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living typically correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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