Life Care Center of Elkhorn is a senior living facility in Elkhorn, Nebraska. This city has a total of 16,422 people. With an overall grade of F, we consider this to be a lower end nursing home. Based on our assessment, you'd be better off to avoid of this nursing home. More information on this facility's category grades is available below. Its best category is nursing, which is discussed in the next paragraph.
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Life Care Center of Elkhorn
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- No Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- 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
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Registered Staff Hours
Even though we gave this facility an abysmal overall score, we awarded it a C for our nursing rating. In determining our nursing ratings, we weigh both nursing hours and the skill levels of those nurses. This nursing home provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This figure is significantly below the national average. Lastly, despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this facility performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually an indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place.
This nursing home received a grade of just D in the area of inspections. Unfortunately, this ended up being its second best grade. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. We would pay close attention to the level of severity of those deficiencies. This nursing home was assessed 6 deficiencies by CMS. The only favorable thing we found is that none of its deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they caused a risk to resident health or safety. Lastly, we want to draw your attention to the fact that this nursing home received significant government fines recently totaling over $100,000. This often indicates that a bad track record has been an issue for several years.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home wound up receiving a a terrible grade in our short-term care category. It received a lowly F in this area. Our short-term care scores are believed to be most critical for residents in need of rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation usually utilizes more highly-skilled nursing services. This means not merely nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Given its grade in this category, we weren't surprised to discover that this nursing home was well below average in terms of the quantity of registered nurse and physical therapy hours offered to its patients based on the figures we assessed. The last statistic we looked at in this category is the percentage of residents who returned home from the facility. This facility struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 4.7 percent of its residents returning home. Unfortunately, this was well below the national average.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our next category, this facility didn't perform very well in this category either. Due to an abysmal grade of F in long-term care, this is just about as as uninspiring as it gets. When facilities receive a grade in this range in this category it generally means the facility did not perform well in our measures relating to patient care. One of the factors we considered after nursing hours was vaccines. Candidly, we were a bit bothered by the fact that this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to only 56.597218 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. 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, 6.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 4.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls leading to injury are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 3.53% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 19.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 20.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients which are administered antianxiety medication. These medications are given to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 3.91% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 92.75% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 15.57% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and taking a bath. Many in the industry would argue this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 16.66% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to preserving the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 16.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 10.43 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Elkhorn, 76.12% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many argue this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
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