Located in Lowell, Indiana, Lowell Healthcare is one of just two available nursing homes in this area. Sporting an overall score of B, this looks like a fine nursing home. You can definitely do much worse than this nursing home. This place was better in some categories than others, but it didn't have any poor grades in any of the major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - County
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
This nursing home received a quality overall grade as described above, but we especially would like to emphasize its nearly flawless inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this category. Perhaps the most significant factor we look at in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Places with better scores in this category typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.
Among its many impressive grades, this facility earned an excellent nursing rating. In fact, we gave it an B in that area. Nursing scores are mostly tied to a facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Short-term Care Quality
The next highest area we awarded this nursing home in any category came in the category of short-term care, where we awarded it a B-. In crafting these short-term care scores, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our goal is to create a tool for sizing up the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last datapoint we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients who ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that just 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home. Unfortunately, this was below the national average.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we graded was long-term care. We gave it a C in that area. This is a decent grade in this category. Long-term care grades focus on a nursing home's assistance with daily living rather than the skilled therapy or medical services that are critical to a rehabilitation facility. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 96.89655 percent of its patients, which is higher than the majority of nursing homes. This nursing home keeps its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Lowell Healthcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Lowell Healthcare, 7.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic measures the percent of long-term care residents who suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Lowell Healthcare, 3.93% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Lowell Healthcare, 1.87% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to poor nursing care. Closer supervision limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Lowell Healthcare, 13.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for a variety of conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Lowell Healthcare, 21.77% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly used to treat residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Lowell Healthcare, 12.89% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Lowell Healthcare, 91.48% of Patients
This is the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Lowell Healthcare, 15.74% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Lowell Healthcare, 15.7% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Lowell Healthcare, 1.46 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.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Lowell Healthcare, 15.7 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Lowell Healthcare, 73.78% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry argue this is a reasonable measure of rehabilitation performance.
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