Located in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Life Care Center of Wilbraham is one of a mere two facilities in this area. We awarded this nursing home an A overall grade, ranking it in the top 20 percent of all nursing homes in the country. You really can't do much better than this nursing home. One of the best aspects of this facility's remarkable report card is its inspection rating. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
Life Care Center of Wilbraham
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 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
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to earning a strong overall score, this facility also received excellent inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our best grades in that category, with an A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection grades. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some can be relatively insignificant. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Contributing to its high-end assessment, this facility also was awarded a strong short-term care score, with a score of A. With our short-term care score, we seek to forge a sound gauge for rehabilitation. In this process, we assess a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final item we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that 5.8 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
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This nursing home also received a very impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A-. In computing our nursing scores, we look at both nursing hours and the training levels of those nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we analyzed was long-term care, where this nursing home was given an A-. This finished off a first-rate report card. Few facilities received an A- or better in every category. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to patients. After assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 99.6875 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is far higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, 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 Wilbraham Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls leading to injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's could be an indication of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this statistic can be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to residents for many conditions, including cognitive disorders. Tragically, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 1.93% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 91.44% of Patients
This is the percent of patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 15.15% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 17.66% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term resident care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 10.93 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 71.35% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.
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