Homewood at Plum Creek is an average-sized non-profit nursing home located in Hanover, Pennsylvania. This is a decent facility with a B- overall grade. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Hanover. Based on our ratings, this nursing home ought to meet the needs of many people. One of the major highlights of this facility's report card is its remarkable inspection score, which we will address in the next section.
Homewood at Plum Creek
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
425 Westminster Avenue,
Hanover PA 17331
78.66% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Church related
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Best Nursing Home in Hanover, Pennsylvania Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Hanover, Pennsylvania Awards 2020
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Registered Staff Hours
While this nursing home's overall grade was decent, it really excelled in the area of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A+ for that category, which is one of our best scores. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some end up being relatively minor. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
We also awarded this nursing home a strong grade in long-term care. This facility received a grade of B in this area, which turns out to be one of our more favorable scores. When facilities receive this kind of grade in long-term care it is typically a good sign for patient care and suggests that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. After considering the volume of nursing care, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia sadly is often a dangerous ailment for nursing home residents so we prefer when a nursing home doesn't roll the dice on this issue. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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This facility's next best category grade came in the area of nursing. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of B-. Nursing scores are based in large part on levels of nurse staffing. This place averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient daily, which is not an impressive total. Lastly, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics. While this nursing home got docked a bit for nursing hours, it excelled in a few of these quality-based measures. With fewer than five percent of its patients experiencing pressure ulcers, it did very well in this metric. This can be a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of moving residents at least once a day.
Short-term Care Quality
The final category we looked at is short-term care, which ended up being this facility's worst area. We gave this facility a D in that area. Naturally, this grade hurt the nursing home's overall grade a bit. Short-term care ratings are vital for prospective residents in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Unfortunately, this nursing home was below average in terms of its quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the measures we assessed. Finally, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. This definitely was not a strength for this facility. We found that just 2.6 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home. At most facilities, around half of their patients are able to return home so this is well below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Homewood at Plum Creek Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 7.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in the same position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 3.38% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Falls are often caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 1.85% of Patients had UTIs
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term care patients that suffered from a UTI. Although a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare different facilities due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 15.28% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs may be used for several medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 18.78% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly given to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 3.3% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reliable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 86.27% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 15.17% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and eating. Many in the industry argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 17.92% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents that were able to retain mobility.
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 17.92 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 9.68 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Homewood at Plum Creek, 73.03% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living generally correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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