Life Care Center of Elkhorn is a senior living facility in Elkhorn, Nebraska. This city has a total of 16,422 people. This is a lower end nursing home, with an overall grade of D. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Elkhorn. The city has just one other nursing home. If you aren't deterred by this place's report card, feel free to continue reading to learn more about its category grades. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
Life Care Center of Elkhorn
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- No Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Partnership
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
While we didn't give this facility a good overall grade, we did give it a strong grade in the area of inspections, where it received a grade of B+. Arguably the most critical factor we look at in computing our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. It is generally best to avoid nursing homes that had too many severe deficiencies. This facility was hit with 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of these deficiencies to create an immediate risk to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility's second most favorable area was its short-term care grade, where it was given a B-. In our short-term care score, we attempt to craft a sound gauge for rehabilitation. In doing so, we analyze a nursing home's levels of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. We were surprised to find that this facility was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. In fact, it supplied fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. Lastly, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.2 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.
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This facility's next best category was nursing, but even there it received a grade of just D. This is still a well below average grade. The nursing grade considers many datapoints. The most important one is the number of hours nurses spent with patients. With only 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient daily, this facility's nurse staffing levels were quite a bit below the national average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing scores. This place performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these datapoints to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we looked at is long-term care. Sadly, it received a lowly F for this area, which is a very poor grade. Nursing homes that don't fare well in this category often don't provide as much nursing care and also may be lagging in some of the areas of routine personal care we assessed. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. We were a bit bothered by the fact that this facility gave the vaccine to just 66.1597 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this facility was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best score in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Life Care Center of Elkhorn Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 5.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 4.88% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . Falls are often caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 3.69% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Additional nurse staffing can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note 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 Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 18.23% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 19.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically given to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 4.27% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Some experts believe this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 93.22% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 15.08% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate decline of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 21.04% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who remained mobile levels. Some argue that mobility is vital to residents' physical and mental well-being.
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 1.25 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 21.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 8.88 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 77.94% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts argue this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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