Northern Lights Hcc is a small non-profit nursing home located in Washburn, Wisconsin. With an overall rating of B-, this is likely a middle of the pack nursing home. Based on our ratings, there are certainly much worse nursing homes out there. More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category was short-term care, which is addressed in the next paragraph.

Additional Details:

Accepts Medicare 1 : TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Accepts Medicaid 1 : 65 Beds TrueA checkmark indicating true.

CCRC : FalseUsed to indicate false.

Non profit - Corporation

Resident Council: TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Family Council: FalseUsed to indicate false.

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)

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Short-term Care Quality

B+
Oct 18: BNov 18: BDec 18: BJan 19: BFeb 19: BMay 19: BJun 19: BJul 19: B+Aug 19: B+Sep 19: B+Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: B+May 20: B+Jun 20: B+Jul 20: B+Aug 20: B+
Historical

It should also be noted that this nursing home' short-term care score outpaced its overall score. In fact, we gave it a B+ for short-term care. Short-term care ratings are important for individuals seeking rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually utilizes higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. One of this nursing home's strength is that it offers more hours of physical therapy per week to its residents. Finally, we considered the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that it performed decently , with 47.1 percent of its patients able to return home.

Facility Inspections

B+
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+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: B+
Historical

We also want to emphasize this place's nearly flawless health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of B+ in this category. Inspection ratings are tied to many datapoints found on the a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities that excel in this area have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Amazingly, this was one of the few nursing homes in the country that had no deficiencies whatsoever on its inspection report. This is very impressive. A deficiency-free inspection report is what we like to see.

Nurse Quality

B-
Oct 18: CNov 18: CDec 18: CJan 19: B-Feb 19: B-May 19: CJun 19: CJul 19: B+Aug 19: B+Sep 19: B+Jan 20: B-Mar 20: B-Apr 20: B-May 20: B-Jun 20: B-Jul 20: B-Aug 20: B-
Historical

The next highest grade we gave this nursing home in any area came in the category of nursing, where we gave it a grade of B-. Our nursing rating includes a variety of subcategories. The most heavily weighted one is the number of hours nurses spend with residents. This nursing home provides 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also considered some quality-based measures. This nursing home scored well in a few of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In terms of the percentage of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, this place outpaced the national average.

Long-term Care Quality

C
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: B+Dec 18: B+Jan 19: A-Feb 19: A-May 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: A-Aug 20: C
Historical

The final area we graded was long-term care. We gave this nursing home a C in that category. Long-term care grades assess a nursing home's personal care instead of the highly skilled therapy and healthcare services that are critical to a rehabilitation facility. One of the criteria we considered after nursing hours is vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to 99.01478 percent of its residents. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 1.48 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had less hospitalizations than many nursing homes.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
B-
State:
B+
National:
B
FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Nov 18Dec 18Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19Jul 19Aug 19Sep 19Oct 19Dec 19Jan 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20
Overall Rating
Nurse Rating
Long-Term Rating
Short-Term Rating
Inspection Rating

Northern Lights Hcc Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Provider
B
6.5%
State
B+
5.64%
National
B
7.34%

Percent of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Lower is Better

Minimizes Serious Falls

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term stay residents that suffered falls resulting in serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.

Provider
D
6.4%
State
B
3.54%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely the result of worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint may also be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Provider
B-
2.54%
State
B
2.92%
National
B
2.66%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Provider
A
5.42%
State
B+
12.1%
National
B
14.15%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Provider
A
11.79%
State
B+
15.28%
National
B
19.69%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

This is the percentage of patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Provider
B-
2.62%
State
B
5.26%
National
B+
5.11%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This indicates the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Provider
A-
99.51%
State
B
93.65%
National
B
92.01%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

This tells you the percent of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of the decline of a patient's well-being.

Provider
A-
11.52%
State
B+
13.53%
National
B
14.47%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Measures the percent of long-term care patients that were able to retain mobility.

Provider
B+
19.03%
State
B
18.07%
National
B
17.10%

Percentage of Residents
Higher is Better

Hospitalizations

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Provider
B+
1.39
State
B+
1.35
National
B
1.70

Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.

Provider
B-
19.03
State
B
18.07
National
B
17.10

Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: ER Visits

This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.

Provider
F
18.01
State
B-
12.26
National
B
10.26

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

This indicates the percentage of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Provider
B
70.65%
State
B+
74.45%
National
B
68.02%

Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better

Nearby Hospitals

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1615 Maple Lane Ashland Wisconsin 54806
(715) 685-5500
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Nearby Dialysis

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Dialysis Stations: 12
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