Merry Heart Senior Care Services is an average-sized facility located in Succasunna, New Jersey. Sporting an overall grade of A, this facility is one of the top nursing homes we looked at. We ranked this facility in the top 100 nursing homes in New Jersey, which is a distinguished list. This facility's strong report card was highlighted by its short-term care score, which we will address in the next section.
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Merry Heart Senior Care Services
- Nursing Home
- Home Health Agency
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
200 Rt 10 West,
Succasunna NJ 07876
77.07% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Top Nursing Home in New Jersey Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in New Jersey Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ short-term care grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. In our short-term care rating, we try to craft a meaningful gauge for rehabilitation. In doing so, we assess a facility's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6.5 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
In addition, this nursing home also received a nearly flawless inspection report. As a result, it earned one of our best grades in that category with a score of A. Inspection scores weigh a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this category usually have few severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This tells you the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. Our nursing rating assesses the facility's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of training of those nurses as well as the number of hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well when it comes to minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The fourth category we assessed is long-term care, where this facility was awarded a grade of B+. This rounded out a very strong report card. Only a select few nursing homes earned a B+ or higher in each of our categories. In a long-term care setting, the facility's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. On top of looking at the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 88.84298 percent of its residents, which is a few points less than we expected. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we had hoped, at least this place was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations 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.
Merry Heart Senior Care Services Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 8.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure gauges the percent of long-term care residents who are suffering from pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are an measure of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 2.79% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 1.44% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that have suffered from UTI's. UTI's may be a sign of poor nursing care. However, this datapoint could also be skewed for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 17.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 6.37% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents who are showing symptoms of depression. Many in the industry argue this is a reliable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 89.73% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 10.05% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate deterioration of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 10.04% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term patients that retained mobility levels. Many in the industry believe that the ability to move around is vital to patients well-being.
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 1.88 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is key to the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 10.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 9.47 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Merry Heart Senior Care Services, 81.82% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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