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St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center's website

1 Bishops Drive,
Lawrence Township NJ 08648

(609) 896-0006

76% estimated occupancy 1

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 an impressive nursing home. We can't find many bad things to say about this nursing home. Its grades are impeccable. This nursing home's strong report card was highlighted by its inspection reports, which we will address in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

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

Grade: A

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 95.33582 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is better 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.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

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

Grade: C

The next area we looked at was short-term care, in which this nursing home received a grade of C. This actually turned out to be this nursing home's weakest category. This is still not a poor grade. Short-term care grades are generally employed to score a facility's performance with rehabilitation. In order to provide good rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally must feature better levels of skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly trained professionals. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final datapoint we considered in this area is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that just 3.9 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home. This figure was below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 9.28% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 2.53% of Patients had Serious Falls

This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term residents that experienced falls which resulted in serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining our nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 1.65% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poor hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 10.6% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 17.42% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 5.95% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many in the industry believe that this is a measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 91.97% of Patients

This is the percent of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 10.68% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 12.9% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents who retained mobility levels. Many would argue that the ability to move around is critical to residents' physical and mental health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 1.68 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 12.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 8.37 Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge patient well-being during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, 80.92% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with activities of daily living typically correlates with better rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Capital Health System-Fuld CampusAcute Care Hospitals 3.75 miles away750 Brunswick Ave Trenton New Jersey 08638Voluntary non-profit - Private(609) 394-6000
  • St Francis Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 4.98 miles away601 Hamilton Ave Trenton New Jersey 08629Voluntary non-profit - Church(609) 599-5000
  • Lower Bucks HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 14.57 miles away501 Bath Road Bristol Pennsylvania 19007Proprietary(215) 785-9200
  • Hunterdon Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.07 miles away2100 Wescott Drive Flemington New Jersey 08822Voluntary non-profit - Private(908) 788-6100
  • Virtua Willingboro HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 18.47 miles away218a Sunset Road Willingboro New Jersey 08046Voluntary non-profit - Private(609) 835-2900
  • Aria HealthAcute Care Hospitals 19.99 miles away10800 Knights Road Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19114Voluntary non-profit - Private(215) 612-4129

Nearby Dialysis

  • Physicians Dialysis Lawrenceville2.98 miles away1840 Princeton Avenue Lawrence Township New Jersey 08648CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 18 (609) 278-0999
  • Fmc Ewing3.6 miles away1962 North Olden Avenue Trenton New Jersey 08618CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (609) 671-1600
  • Fmc Hamilton Home LLC3.61 miles away3836 Quakerbridge Road Suite 208 Trenton New Jersey 08619Dialysis Stations: 4 (609) 586-5001
  • Fmc Trenton3.8 miles away40 Fuld Street 1st Floor Trenton New Jersey 08638CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 28 (609) 394-5104
  • Davita Renal Ctr Trenton4.51 miles awayC/O St. Francis Hospital 601 Hamilton Ave 1st Floor Trenton New Jersey 08629Dialysis Stations: 18 (609) 393-2388
  • H. Fuld Capital Health4.99 miles awayDialysis Unit 750 Brunswick Ave Trenton New Jersey 08638CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 31 (609) 394-6000
  • Fmc Princeton5.8 miles away707 Alexander Road Building 3; Suite 301 Princeton New Jersey 08540Dialysis Stations: 15 (609) 520-8995
  • Fmc Hamilton Square5.97 miles awayTwo Hamilton Health Place Trenton New Jersey 08690CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (609) 689-9260