Heritage of Bel Air is a facility located in Norfolk, Nebraska, which has 30,670 people. This nursing home proved to be a grade A facility, which is a truly elite rating. We can not find many negative things to say about this facility. Its ratings are just impeccable. This also ended up being a very consistent facility with consistently strong ratings in each of our categories. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
Heritage of Bel Air
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Other
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Top Nursing Home in Nebraska Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Nebraska Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Nebraska Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Norfolk, Nebraska Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection ratings. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively insignificant. This place received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies to pose an imminent threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was awarded a high-end short-term care score. In fact, this ended up being this facility's second strongest category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a score of A-. In our short-term care grade, we endeavor to create a meaningful barometer for rehabilitation. In doing so, we assess the nursing home's offerings of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of residents that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that 5.2 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Long-term Care Quality
We also would like to note the fact that this facility was given an impressive grade of A- in our long-term care area. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care typically provide patients with closer 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 patients. Vaccination is a great way to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for the aged 65 and up population. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Switching gears to our next area, this nursing home was given a very strong nursing grade. We gave it an A- in that category, rounding out a straight A profile. The nursing rating is based on several factors. The most important one is the amount of time nurses spend with patients. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility 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.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage of Bel Air Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage of Bel Air, 5.27% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage of Bel Air, 4.96% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients that sustained a fall resulting in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage of Bel Air, 3.66% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections could be associated with insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage of Bel Air, 18.62% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of long-term patients that were given antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such drugs aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of residents with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage of Bel Air, 19.92% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure measures the percentage of long-term care patients that are prescribed antianxiety medication. These drugs are generally used to treat patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage of Bel Air, 4.32% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage of Bel Air, 93.19% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage of Bel Air, 14.85% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage of Bel Air, 18.85% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Heritage of Bel Air, 1.37 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to preserving the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage of Bel Air, 18.85 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage of Bel Air, 9.35 Percentage of Patients
This tells you 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 of Bel Air, 77.76% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with activities of daily living usually correlates with better rehabilitation.
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