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Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community

Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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4851 Harvard Road,
Lawrence KS 66049

(785) 749-2000

69.73% estimated occupancy 1

Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community is an average-sized nursing home located in Lawrence, Kansas. We gave this facility an A- overall grade, ranking it in the top fifth of all facilities in the nation. This is just about as good of a nursing home as you'll find. If you look further down this page, you will see this place's category grades, which are also strong.

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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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

We also would like to point out that this nursing home has received nearly flawless government inspections recently. We awarded them an A in this category. Inspection ratings take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these items by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was hit with 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies to cause an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Among its many dominant scores, this nursing home was given first-rate short-term care grade. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A in that category. In calculating our short-term care scores, we look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to formulate a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. This nursing home boosted its score in this category by offering more than 50% more physical therapy hours to its residents than the average facility. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that it outperformed the vast majority of facilities in the nation with 63.9 percent of its residents returning home. This is a significantly higher rate than most nursing homes.

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. Our nursing score includes several subcategories, many of which are based on quantities of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed certain nursing quality measures in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We view these datapoints as good indicators of the quality of nursing care offered, since better care tends to reduce these problems.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

In the last category we analyzed, this nursing home received a very favorable grade of B+ in our long-term care category. With this score, the nursing home wrapped up an elite profile. For long-term care residents, the facility's primary objective is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 92.46575 percent of its residents. This is a few points lower than we were hoping for but still a decent figure. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.91 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 7.19% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to remaining in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 5.13% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric gauges the percent of long-term care residents that suffered falls leading to severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be a sign of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 3.69% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely the result of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be misleading for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 16.86% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Unfortunately, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 21.94% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 5.8% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many argue that this is a measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 92.32% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 17% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 21.37% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents that were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 21.37 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-minus

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 10.77 Percentage of Patients

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

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 74.66% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living generally correlates with better rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Lawrence Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.22 miles away325 Maine Street Lawrence Kansas 66044Government - Local(785) 505-6100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Lawrence Home Training2.25 miles away3510 Clinton Pkwy Suite 110 Lawrence Kansas 66047Dialysis Stations: 1 (785) 841-0490
  • Lawrence Dialysis3.17 miles away330 Arkansas St. #100 Lawrence Kansas 66044CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 15 (785) 843-2000
  • Davita Free State Dialysis3.25 miles awayFree State Dialysis Lawrence Kansas 66046Dialysis Stations: 12 (785) 312-9377
  • Fkc - Topeka East17.15 miles away3408 Se 29th Street Topeka Kansas 66605Dialysis Stations: 13 (785) 266-3087

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