Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation is the only facility we found in Granite Falls, North Carolina. Featuring an overall score of B-, this looks like a middle of the pack nursing home. You could certainly do worse than this nursing home. The best part of this place's report card was its stellar inspection rating. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
100 Sunset Street,
Granite Falls NC 28630
90.83% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
This facility received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to point out its nearly flawless health inspections in recent years. We gave them an impressive grade of A in this category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these are relatively minor. This nursing home was hit with 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe. This means that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies to create an immediate 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 also performed well in the area of long-term care. In fact, we gave it a score of A- for that area, which happens to be one of our highest scores. When facilities receive a score in this range in long-term care it typically means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia can be a life threatening condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a nursing home does not take any chances. This place also keeps its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 1.37 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facilities next most favorable area was short-term care. We awarded it a grade of B- in this category. This is essentially a middle of the road grade in this category. With our short-term care category, we endeavor to forge a meaningful gauge for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the nursing home's level of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. This nursing home employs both physical therapists and registered nurses. Not all facilities employ these skilled professionals. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to return home from the nursing home. It fared well in this area with 59.9 percent of its residents returning home. Unfortunately, at most nursing homes, fewer than half of their short-term residents are able to return home.
The next category we analyzed was nursing. It received a lowly F for this category, which is a very poor grade. This is clearly a significant disappointment. Nursing scores are tied to nurse staffing levels. This facility offered just 3.1 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This is well below average. In addition to its subpar nursing hour totals, this facility also earned suboptimal marks in several of the quality-based measures we looked at in calculating our nursing grades. We found that more of this place's residents sustained falls which led to major injury. We would argue that many falls could be avoided with better nursing care. This statistic contributed to this place receiving a poor nursing score.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 10.34% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients which have pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 3.97% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who have suffered a fall which resulted in severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be a sign of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 3.26% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often the result of facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better nursing care reduces 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 nursing homes have varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 11.5% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. These medications are used for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 22.5% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 3.06% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 88.86% of Patients
This indicates 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 Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 19.28% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of deterioration of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 26.79% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels. Many in the industry argue that the ability to move around is important for residents' mental and physical health.
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 1.3 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 26.79 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 11.98 Percentage of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, 72.58% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percentage of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements.
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