Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an average-sized facility in Bluefield, West Virginia. We gave this facility an F, which is really a bottom of the barrel score in our grading scheme. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Bluefield. The city has just one other nursing home. We would not blame you if you are ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this facility's category grades, nursing grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
Note: Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Although we gave this facility a terrible overall grade, we awarded it a grade of B- for our nursing rating. We analyzed the skill-level of nurses employed by the nursing home, in addition to the number of hours the nurses were with residents, in computing our rating in this category. This nursing home provided just 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This figure is significantly below average. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures. Although this facility got dinged a bit for its nursing hours, it actually excelled in a few of these quality-based metrics. With fewer than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it fared remarkably well in this statistic. This is generally an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as employing a protocol of moving patients even once per day.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also didn't grade out too badly in the area of short-term care. In fact, we gave it a C in that category, which happens to be among its more respectable scores. In calculating our short-term care grades, we assess a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This grade is generally a useful assessment of a nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. We found that this place was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. In fact, it offered fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. It is important to determine whether this also correlates to a lower quality of care. Lastly, we considered the number of residents who ultimately returned home from this facility. We found that 4.3 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home. This figure was actually well below average.
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We also wanted to point out this nursing home's inspection rating where it received a lowly F. For facilities with bad inspection ratings, you should scrutinize any severe deficiencies found on their recent inspection reports. This facility was assessed 3 deficiencies by CMS. The only favorable thing we found is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that suggest they created a risk to resident safety or health. Finally, CMS cited this nursing home for possible abuse or neglect. Hopefully, its performance improves in the future, but until then we simply can't recommend this facility.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we looked at is long-term care. Sadly, it received a lowly F in this category, which is a very poor score. For long-term care residents, the primary goal is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. Once we concluded our assessment of the amount of care provided by nurses, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination data. We were pleased to learn that this facility vaccinated 95.85987 percent of its residents against pneumonia. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Sadly, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 8.86% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often 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 Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4.41% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure measures the percent of long-term residents who experienced a fall which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.85% of Patients had UTIs
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term patients that have had a urinary tract infection. Although a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between nursing homes due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 16.31% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications are sometimes used to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 23.57% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally used to treat patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4.5% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents exhibiting signs of depression. Some believe this is a reasonable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 92.52% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these types of vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 25.29% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percent of long-term patients that remained mobile levels. Some would argue that mobility is critical to residents' health.
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.32 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 25.29 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 11.91 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 71.34% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's usually correlates with successful rehabilitation services.