Life Care Center of Ooltewah is an average-sized nursing home located in Ooltewah, Tennessee. With an B+ overall grade, we ranked this facility in the top third of all facilities in the country. This nursing home definitely has plenty of good features. This place's strong report card was highlighted by its inspection reports, which we will address in the next section.
Life Care Center of Ooltewah
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
5911 Snow Hill Road,
Ooltewah TN 37363
51.58% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a strong overall score, this facility received an A+ inspection grade. This score is based on the facility's recent inspection reports. An A+ in this category is one of the highest complements we can pay to a nursing home. Our inspection scores account for several factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better scores in this category tend to have few of these severe deficiencies. Although this nursing home had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in this industry.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility fared well in our short-term care category. Indeed, we awarded it a grade of A for that area, which turns out to be one of our most dominant scores. Short-term care grades are generally used to gauge a facility's rehabilitation services. To provide highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to feature better levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. Remarkably, this nursing home provides about 50% more services from physical therapists and registered nurses than most nursing homes we looked at. This is a very favorable sign. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that it outperformed the vast majority of facilities in the nation with 58.6 percent of its patients returning home. This is a significantly higher rate than most facilities.
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This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. Our nursing grade focuses on the facility's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of training of the nurses and the amount of time spent with residents. This particular facility provided 3.9 hours of nursing care per resident each day. Roughly one quarter of this care was provided by registered nurses, which are among the most highly skilled nurses. Both of these figures easily exceed the national average. Lastly, this nursing home also performed well in several of the quality measures we looked at. By way of illustration, in terms of the number of its patients suffering falls which lead to major injury, this facility performed as well as any facility in the nation. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we assessed is long-term care. In that area, we gave this nursing home a solid grade of C. This ended up being this nursing home's least impressive area. In the category of long-term care, we analyze the amount of services provided by a facility, rather than more medically-intensive services. On top of patient-friendly nursing hour statistics, this facility's vaccination statistics are favorable also. Indeed, this nursing home vaccinated 98.73418 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 1.46 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility had less hospitalizations than many nursing homes.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Life Care Center of Ooltewah Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 9.49% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 3.51% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a fall which resulted in serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 3.12% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are routinely caused by a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this datapoint may be skewed for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 15.81% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 29.04% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. These drugs are typically used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 8.77% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some believe this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 89.84% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 16.62% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could indicate decline of a resident's medical condition.
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 1.21 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 11.25 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 72.83% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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