House of the Good Shepherd is a small non-profit nursing home located in Hackettstown, New Jersey. This is an A+ rated facility, which is the top grade we offer. We were so impressed with this facility that we rated it as one of the top 500 best nursing homes in the country. This nursing home was also given impressive ratings in all four of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories can be found below.
House of the Good Shepherd
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Aug 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
798 Willow Grove Street,
Hackettstown NJ 07840
34.19% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- 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
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection ratings. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some can be quite insignificant. 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. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
We also wanted to point out the fact that this nursing home excelled in our short-term care rating. We awarded them an elite grade of A+ in this area. Short-term care grades are often used to judge a facility's rehabilitation services. In order to offer highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally must provide higher levels of highly skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. We were pleased to find that this nursing home employs both registered nurses and physical therapists. The same can't be said for all nursing homes. The final statistic we assessed in this area is the percentage of residents who eventually returned home from the nursing home. We found that 6.6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
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This first-rate facility also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A+. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. In calculating our nursing ratings, we factor in both nursing hours and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this place 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 frequently be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of turning a resident more often.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the final area, this nursing home was given a strong long-term care grade. We awarded it a grade of A- in that area, giving this facility straight A's. For prospective residents seeking a permanent residence rather than skilled nursing, long-term care grades are a key measure. Once we assessed the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 85.50725 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which happens to be a bit below what we were hoping for but still a decent figure. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
House of the Good Shepherd Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In House of the Good Shepherd, 8.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to remaining in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In House of the Good Shepherd, 2.79% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure tells you the percent of long-term patients who suffered a fall which caused severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In House of the Good Shepherd, 1.44% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term stay residents which have experienced a urinary tract infection. While more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In House of the Good Shepherd, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs are not medically required. However, some facilities may need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In House of the Good Shepherd, 17.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents who are given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In House of the Good Shepherd, 6.37% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents showing signs of depression. High levels of depression may imply a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In House of the Good Shepherd, 89.73% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In House of the Good Shepherd, 10.05% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In House of the Good Shepherd, 10.04% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In House of the Good Shepherd, 10.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In House of the Good Shepherd, 9.47 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In House of the Good Shepherd, 81.82% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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