Norseland Nursing Home

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: AFeb 19: AMay 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: A-Aug 20: A-Sep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: ANov 21: AJan 22: AFeb 22: AMar 22: AApr 22: A+May 22: A+
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323 Black River Ave,
Westby WI 54667

(608) 634-3747

61.01% estimated occupancy 1

Norseland Nursing Home is a small facility located in Westby, Wisconsin. This facility is ranked among the highest-rated facilities we assessed. In fact, it was given the very best score. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we rated it as one of the top 500 best facilities in the nation. This also turned out to be a very consistent facility with consistently strong scores in all four of the major categories. More information about these categories is available below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ in the area of long-term care. Facilities that do well in long-term care tend to provide residents with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. After assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. Our nursing grade is primarily based on a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 3.8 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving residents more often.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

Racking up another strong category grade, this nursing home also excelled in inspections, where it earned an impressive grade of A. Inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher grades in this area generally have very few of these severe deficiencies. It does not look like we were able to find deficiency counts for this nursing home. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Turning to our last area, this nursing home was given an excellent short-term care rating. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category, rounding out a straight A profile. In the area of short-term care, we endeavor to evaluate indicators of a facility's rehabilitation. We analyze a nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. One of this nursing home's strengths is registered nurse hours. We found that it offers more care from registered nurses to its residents than most facilities. The last item we looked at in this area is the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from the facility. It fared as well as just about any facility in Wisconsin in this metric with 66.5 percent of its residents returning home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Norseland Nursing Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Norseland Nursing Home, 6.98% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure indicates the percentage of long-term patients who developed pressure ulcers or bed sores. We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Norseland Nursing Home, 3.34% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term stay residents who had falls which resulted in serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing grades.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Norseland Nursing Home, 3.01% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often caused by facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better hygiene protocols minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Norseland Nursing Home, 13.02% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for a variety of conditions, including dementia. Tragically, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Norseland Nursing Home, 15.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Norseland Nursing Home, 6.7% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Norseland Nursing Home, 91.56% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Norseland Nursing Home, 13.47% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate the decline of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Norseland Nursing Home, 22.08% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percent of long-term patients that remained mobile levels. Many in the industry argue that mobility is vital to patients well-being.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Norseland Nursing Home, 22.08 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is 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: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Norseland Nursing Home, 74.73% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Vernon Memorial HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 7.87 miles away507 South Main St Viroqua Wisconsin 54665Voluntary non-profit - Private(608) 637-2101
  • Mayo Clinic Hlth Systm Franciscan Hlthcare SpartaCritical Access Hospitals 19.64 miles away310 W Main St Sparta Wisconsin 54656Voluntary non-profit - Church(608) 269-2132

Nearby Dialysis

  • Gundersen Lutheran Renal Dialysis - Viroqua7.77 miles away407 S Main St Ste 300 Viroqua Wisconsin 54665Dialysis Stations: 12 (608) 637-4376

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