St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center is one of just three facilities located in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. Featuring an overall grade of A, this is clearly a superb nursing home. We can't find many bad things to say about this nursing home. Its grades are impeccable. Headlining this nursing home's remarkable report card is its inspection reports, which we will address in the next paragraph.
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St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
Please note our records indicate that St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center has changed ownership recently and while our data on this page is up-to-date there is a chance that the quality of this facility may change under new management.
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Church related
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a strong facility overall, it also received A+ government inspections in recent years. Its inspections are virtually flawless. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating our inspection scores. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some can be quite minor. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Contributing to its first-rate profile, this nursing home also performed well in our long-term care area. In fact, it received a score of A in that category. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 99.011856 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is far higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. When calculating a nursing home's nursing score, we weigh the number of hours nurses spend with patients and the level of skill of those nurses. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
The next area we looked at was short-term care, in which this nursing home received a grade of B. This actually turned out to be this nursing home's weakest category. A nursing home is doing something right when their weakest score still is superior to most other facilities. Short-term care grades are generally used to gauge a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation. To offer good rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer higher levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this facility. We found that 3.8 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 7.49% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 3.16% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls which result in injury are routinely caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 2.84% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often associated with a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint can also be misleading for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 12.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents given antipsychotic drugs. These drugs may be used for treating a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 19.03% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are generally prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 1.15% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 99.33% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 6.93% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of the deterioration of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 7.28% of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to preserving the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 7.28% of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 5.61% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 88.73% of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.
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