Life Care Center of Hixson is in Hixson, Tennessee. This city has a total of 40,042 people. This nursing home turns out to be a quality facility, with an overall grade of B+. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top third of all nursing homes nationally. The best part of this nursing home's strong report card was its inspection score. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section
Life Care Center of Hixson
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
5798 Hixson Home Place,
Hixson TN 37343
71.48% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a great facility overall, it also received A+ inspections in recent years. Its inspections are virtually perfect. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection ratings. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. This facility was assessed 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to cause an imminent risk to patient safety or health. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
Contributing to this nursing home's list of achievements, it also was given a high-end short-term care score. We awarded them a dominant strong of A in this area. With our short-term care category, we try to craft a fair barometer for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the nursing home's scope of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we considered in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B. We analyzed the qualifications of nurses employed by the facility, in addition to the quantity of hours the nurses spent with patients, in computing our score in this area. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we assessed proved to be this nursing home's poorest area. However, even in its weakest link we still awarded it an acceptable grade of C in long-term care. Long-term care grades are used to judge a nursing home's performance as a traditional convalescent home, as opposed to focusing more on the skilled nursing services provided by a skilled nursing facility. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. This facility also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Life Care Center of Hixson Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 8.88% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint is is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are an barometer of nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 3.29% of Patients had Serious Falls
This measures the percent of long-term residents who had falls resulting in major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indicator of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 3.08% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely associated with a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be misleading for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 15.67% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are sometimes used for a variety of medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 29.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 9.14% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care residents who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 88.31% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 17.11% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and bathing. Some argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 20.35% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 1.4 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 20.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 11.68 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. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Hixson, 74.44% 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. Many in the industry argue this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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