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Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center's website

P O Box 130,
Elmore AL 36025

(334) 567-8484

73.06% estimated occupancy 1

Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center is located in Elmore, Alabama. This city has 5,729 people. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B+. A grade of this caliber requires favorable scores in most areas. You could definitely do much worse than this place. The best aspect of this facility's impressive profile was its inspection reports. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Colostomy Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. These inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This nursing home received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe. This indicates that the inspectors did not deem any of these deficiencies an imminent threat to resident safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't something to panic about.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

Among its many impressive scores, this nursing home received an excellent nursing rating. In fact, we gave it an B in that category. In computing a facility's nursing score, we weigh the amount of time nurses spend with patients as well as the levels of training of those nurses. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

In addition, this facility also was awarded favorable short-term care grades in our assessment. In fact, we gave it one of our more favorable scores in that category, with a grade of B. In forming these short-term care ratings, we assess the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our purpose is to create a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. It doesn't look like this nursing home provided information on registered nurse or physical therapist staffing. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of residents who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next area we assessed was long-term care. We gave this nursing home a decent score in this area, with a grade of B-. Even though this wasn't as dominant as some of this nursing home's other scores, it is nevertheless nothing to be ashamed of. For residents seeking a permanent place to live as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. One of the data points we considered after nursing hours is vaccines. Candidly, we were a bit worried that this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to a relatively low 87.09677 percent of its residents. Nevertheless, this place 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.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 9.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls which result in injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients that sustained UTI's. Although a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to facilities having varying reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 19.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 23.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure tells you the percent of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1.27% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who are demonstrating signs of depression. Many argue that this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 92.58% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 12.92% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 15.91% Percentage of Residents

This is the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 15.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical abilities of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 11.46 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Merry Wood Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, 73.73% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements.