Hildegard Health Center is a very-small non-profit nursing home located in Ferdinand, Indiana. It looks like this nursing home is ranked among the best facilities we found. In fact, it received the most impressive grade. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top five percentile of all nursing homes in the country. As you will find below, this facility performed equally well in our category scores. In fact, we gave it straight A's!
Hildegard Health Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
Best Nursing Home in Indiana Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Ferdinand, Indiana Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Indiana Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Ferdinand, Indiana Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Indiana Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Ferdinand, Indiana Awards 2021
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On top of receiving a strong overall grade, this facility earned an A+ inspection score. This grade is based on the facility's recent inspection reports. An A+ in this area is one of the best complements we can offer a nursing home. Perhaps the most important factor we consider in calculating our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with better grades in this category typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Another reason we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. Our nursing score is largely tied to a facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third area we assessed is long-term care. This facility also was given an A+ long-term care grade, rendering it one of the few facilities to be awarded several A+ category grades. Long-term care ratings of this caliber generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia tragically can be a deadly illness for nursing home residents so we strongly prefer when a nursing home does not roll the dice on this issue. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our last category, this facility also excelled in our short-term care category. In fact, we gave it a grade of A- in this area. This topped off a straight A profile. In determining our short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other types of therapists. This score is typically a useful assessment of the nursing home's rehabilitation services. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we considered in this area is the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Hildegard Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Hildegard Health Center, 7.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Hildegard Health Center, 3.93% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Major falls are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Hildegard Health Center, 1.87% of Patients had UTIs
This figure indicates the percent of long-term residents who sustained urinary tract infections. While a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Hildegard Health Center, 13.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for a variety of conditions, including dementia. Sadly, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Hildegard Health Center, 21.77% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric indicates the percent of long-term care patients taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Hildegard Health Center, 12.89% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care residents who are showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Hildegard Health Center, 91.48% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Hildegard Health Center, 15.74% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Hildegard Health Center, 15.7% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Hildegard Health Center, 15.7 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
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