Life Care Center of Athens is a large nursing home located in Athens, Tennessee. This proved to be a grade A facility, which is a phenomenal rating. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top fifth of all nursing homes nationally. One of the major highlights of this facility's stellar report card is its inspection grade. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
Life Care Center of Athens
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
1234 Frye Street, PO Box 786,
Athens TN 37371
68.82% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. Inspection ratings weigh a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this category typically have few of these severe deficiencies. This place was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This indicates that CMS did not deem any of these deficiencies to be an imminent risk to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Among its many impressive grades, this nursing home was awarded an excellent short-term care grade. In fact, we gave it a score of A in that category. In our short-term care category, we try to create a meaningful gauge for rehabilitation services. In this process, we look at the facility's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients that returned home from the facility. We found that 5.9 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility also received a strong long-term care grade. Indeed, we awarded it an above average score of B+ in this area. When facilities receive this kind of score in long-term care it is typically a good sign for resident care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. One of the criteria we considered after nursing hours was vaccinations. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 99.68254 percent of its residents. Vaccination is a proven method to avoid unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations for the aged 65 and up population. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
The next category we assessed was nursing, where this nursing home was awarded a grade of B. While this proved to be its poorest category grade, this is nevertheless an impressive grade. Nursing scores are based largely on quality and quantity of nursing care. This facility provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility 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.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Life Care Center of Athens Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of Athens, 8.88% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint is is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who have pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a great barometer of nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Athens, 3.29% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a fall which caused severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Athens, 3.08% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term patients who sustained a UTI. While more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it can be problematic to compare different nursing homes due to nursing homes having varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of Athens, 15.67% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications are used for a variety of medical conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Athens, 29.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term patients which were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Athens, 9.14% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Athens, 88.31% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient health.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Athens, 17.11% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom. Many in the industry believe that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of Athens, 20.35% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In Life Care Center of Athens, 1.4 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is key to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of Athens, 20.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Athens, 11.68 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Athens, 74.44% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements.
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