Little Sisters of the Poor is in the densely populated metropolitan area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a total of 687,276 people. Sporting an overall rating of B+, this facility should work for most prospective patients. Indeed, we thought highly enough of this facility to rank it ahead of the majority of the facilities in Pittsburgh. Scroll down to see this nursing home's category ratings, which are also strong. It's hard to poke holes in this facility's profile.
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Little Sisters of the Poor
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Physical Therapy
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Long-term Care Quality
On top of being a quality facility overall, this nursing home really performed well in the area of long-term care, where it received an A. Long-term care grades in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. On top of considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is often a deadly illness for nursing home residents so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home was awarded a favorable short-term care grade as well. We awarded it one of our higher grades in that category with a score of B+. Short-term care grades are based on the nursing home's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a broad scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, not to mention other types of therapy. It doesn't look like this facility provided information about its staffing of registered nurses or physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Adding another impressive category grade, we gave this nursing home a grade of B+ for our inspections category. Inspection ratings are tied to items located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that excel in this category have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This place was hit with 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe. This indicates that the government inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies an immediate threat to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
The next area we assessed is nursing. In this area, we awarded this facility an impressive grade of B. Nursing scores are largely tied to a facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed certain nursing quality measures in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We look at these data points as good measures of the caliber of nursing care offered, since better care tends to reduce these problems.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Little Sisters of the Poor Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 16.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 1.8% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. Better nursing protocols limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 9.15% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often caused by a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint may also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 26.83% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 13.77% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 0% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who are showing signs of depression. High levels of depression could be an indicator lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 98.88% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 17.76% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing. Some experts argue that this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 19.9% of Residents
This is the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Little Sisters of the Poor, 19.9% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Scores for Pittsburgh, PA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus
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