Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center is a small hospital-based nursing home in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring an overall score of A+, this nursing home is among the highest-rated nursing homes we looked at. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top five percent of all nursing homes in the country. Scroll down to see this nursing home's category scores, which also impressed us. You just can't do much better than a straight A profile.
Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its strong overall grade, we gave this facility an A+ for our inspection category. These inspection scores weigh several factors, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. Nursing proved to be its second best category grade. In that category, we gave this facility an A+. We looked at the licensure of nurses at the facility, as well as the quantity of hours those nurses worked with residents, in computing our grade in this area. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home 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.
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Long-term Care Quality
Another strength for this nursing home was long-term care, where it was awarded an A+ score. This is just about as strong as it gets in this category. For prospective patients in need of a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care is an important category. After assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 88.1356 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which happens to be slightly lower than we were hoping for but still a respectable figure. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Short-term Care Quality
In the final category we graded, this nursing home received a very strong grade of A- in our short-term care category. With this grade, the facility rounded out a straight A report card. Our short-term care scores are critical for residents in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally requires higher levels of skilled nursing. This means a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the number of residents who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 5.1 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 6.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 4.32% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term care patients that experienced falls which resulted in severe injury. We use this statistic in determining our nursing ratings.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 2.81% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely the result of facilities with lower levels of hygiene. More frequent bathing limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 16.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 12.17% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are administered to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 4.73% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients demonstrating depressive symptoms. Some argue this is a reliable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 93.57% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 13.28% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 20.05% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 20.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, 76.19% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with ADL's generally correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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