Heritage Place is a nursing home located in Soldotna, Alaska. The city has 14,191 people. With an overall rating of A, this is clearly a phenomenal facility. At the end of the day, this nursing home is a no brainer for most people. As you will see below, this nursing home also performed well in our category scores. It would be hard to find any major flaws in this place's profile.
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a first rate facility overall, this nursing home also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received an A+. Few nursing homes fared better in this category. Our nursing grade weighs a host of subcategories. The most heavily weighted variable is the amount of time nurses spend with patients. This facility provided 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of turning patients more frequently.
Short-term Care Quality
On the list of its many elite grades, this nursing home was given a top-shelf short-term care score. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A in that area. Our short-term care grades are considered to be more meaningful for individuals in need of rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation typically utilizes additional highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not only nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last measure we considered in this area is the number of patients who returned home from the nursing home. We found that 5.5 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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Adding to this facility's impressive resume, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A- for our inspections rating. Inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better grades in this category tend to have very few severe deficiencies. 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 inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to cause an imminent threat to resident health or safety. We should point out that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our last category, this nursing home also performed admirably in our long-term care category. We awarded it a grade of B+ in this area. This finalized a very strong report card. When facilities receive this type of grade in this category it is a good sign for patient care and suggests that the facility is well-staffed with nurses aids. In addition to looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is much higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Place Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Place, 8.38% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Place, 3.61% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients who have sustained a fall resulting in serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Place, 3.66% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients which have experienced a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be an indication of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint could also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Place, 16.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Place, 14.83% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of residents given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Place, 8.01% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients demonstrating depressive symptoms. Many argue this is a reliable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Place, 96.22% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Place, 11.64% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Place, 18.51% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that were able to retain mobility.
In Heritage Place, 0.77 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Place, 18.51 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage Place, 11.8 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the emergency room and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage Place, 74.67% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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