Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community is one of a mere three nursing homes in Lawrence, Kansas. Sporting an overall rating of A-, this is clearly a very strong nursing home. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top 25 percent of all nursing homes in the country. The best part of this facility's strong profile is its inspection reports. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph
Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
4851 Harvard Road,
Lawrence KS 66049
63.15% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Top Nursing Home in Kansas Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Kansas Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
On top of earning a strong overall score, this nursing home also received excellent inspections recently. We gave it one of our highest scores in that category, with an A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection ratings. One key factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these are quite insignificant. While this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you 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.
Short-term Care Quality
Among its many dominant scores, this nursing home received a strong short-term care score. In fact, we awarded it a score of A in this category. In our short-term care grade, we try to forge a meaningful measure for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the facility's levels of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B+. In calculating a facility's nursing grade, we weigh the number of hours nurses spend with patients and the skill levels of the nurses. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility 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 nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as employing a system of turning a resident more often.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our fourth category, this nursing home received an extremely favorable long-term care rating. Even though this was not nearly as good as several of its other category grades, this is nevertheless one of the stronger grades we offer. For long-term care residents, the nursing home's primary objective is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 89.80892 percent of its patients, which is a few points less than we expected. Although its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we like to see, at least this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 7.05% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term residents who have new or worsened pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a solid barometer of nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 5.14% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care . Major falls resulting in injury are routinely the result of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 3.56% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often associated with facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 17.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 22.38% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 5.98% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Some believe that this is a reliable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 91.04% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 16.84% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 19.61% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that retained mobility levels. Many in the industry argue that the ability to move around is vital to patients well-being.
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 1.67 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 19.61 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 10.57 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 74.57% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe that this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
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