Life Care Center of Sparta is one of only two available nursing homes located in Sparta, Tennessee. This facility was given an A- overall, which is a very strong score. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities in the country. The best part of this nursing home's strong report card was its inspection reports. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section
Life Care Center of Sparta
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Partnership
- 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 overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. Perhaps the most important factor we look at in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Places with higher grades in this category most likely dodged the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
We also wanted to note the fact that this facility received an elite score of A- in our long-term care area. Nursing homes that receive this kind of grade in this category tend to provide consistent around the clock care to make sure patients are kept in good health. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 99.44444 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients out of the hospital. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home was given an impressive short-term care grade as well. We gave it one of our higher grades in that category with a score of B+. Short-term care ratings are meaningful for prospective residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically requires higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a wide scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final measure we looked at in this category is the number of residents that ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that 5.6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
The next category we scored was nursing, in which this facility was awarded a B-. This actually was this facility's weakest category. This is still not a bad grade. The nursing grade analyzes several subcategories, however, the main one is the level of nurse hours per patient per week. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day, which is well below average. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures. Although this nursing home got dinged a bit for nursing hours, it excelled in a few of these quality-based metrics. With fewer than five percent of its patients experiencing pressure ulcers, it performed very well in this subcategory. This is typically an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of turning residents more frequently.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Life Care Center of Sparta Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 9.06% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 3.4% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term residents that have had falls which caused major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indicator of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that experienced urinary tract infections. While more of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be problematic to compare different facilities due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 29.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents that are prescribed antianxiety medication. These drugs are typically prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 8.67% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients demonstrating depressive symptoms. Some experts believe this is a measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 89.63% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 16.71% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and taking a bath. Some would argue this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 26.22% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients that maintained mobility. Many believe that mobility is important for residents' mental and physical health.
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 1.21 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 26.22 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 11.37 Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Sparta, 72.9% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many believe that this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
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