Heritage House of New Castle is a senior living facility in New Castle, Indiana, a city with a population of 30,243 people. It looks like this is a good facility. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a quality score. This facility truly has plenty of good features. This nursing home is stronger in some categories than others, but it did not have any poor grades in any of the major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Heritage House of New Castle
- 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
- Government - County
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Mental Health
- Nutritional Counseling
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Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its favorable overall performance, we gave this place a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection ratings. One key factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some are relatively insignificant. This nursing home was hit with 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This means that the government inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies an imminent risk to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home was given a strong long-term care score as well. We awarded it one of our better scores in that area with a grade of B+. Long-term care scores in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. Once we looked at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 79.31034 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is somewhat lower than we expected but still a reasonably acceptable figure. 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 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's third best area was short-term care. In that category, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B-. In computing our short-term care grades, we size up the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This category is typically a fair measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation services. Unfortunately, it does not look like this facility provided registered nurse or physical therapist staffing data. The last metric we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is below average.
The last category we assessed is nursing. We awarded this facility a C in that area. Our nursing grade includes a number of subcategories. The most important factor is the amount of time nurses spent with patients. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place excelled in some of the quality measures we assessed. It performed well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage House of New Castle Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage House of New Castle, 7.36% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage House of New Castle, 4.17% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls which result in injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage House of New Castle, 1.69% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by poor nursing care. More frequent bathing can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage House of New Castle, 13.33% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat a variety of conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage House of New Castle, 22.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage House of New Castle, 14.48% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage House of New Castle, 91.03% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage House of New Castle, 15.46% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and taking a bath. Some experts believe that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage House of New Castle, 12.91% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Heritage House of New Castle, 1.53 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage House of New Castle, 12.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage House of New Castle, 12.43 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to assess the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage House of New Castle, 73.74% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe that this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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