Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is located in Milford, Delaware. This city has a population of 19,206 people. This facility received an overall rating of A-. As a matter of fact, this is the highest graded nursing home in the city. Based on our assessment, this place is just about as as good as it gets. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive profile is its inspection reports. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph
Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
21 W Clarke Avenue,
Milford DE 19963
98.46% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving a strong overall grade, this nursing home also received an A+ inspection score. This is based on the facility's recent government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the best complements we can pay to a nursing home. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection ratings. One key factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being quite insignificant. It doesn't appear that we have information about this nursing home's deficiencies. Without having all of the deficiency related data for this facility, it was a challenge to evaluate the place in the inspections category.
Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A-. Nursing grades are mostly tied to the facility's nurse staffing. This facility provided 5.7 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This was one of the better totals we found. Furthermore, we found that a significant percentage of this care was provided by registered nurses, which are highly skilled nurses. These are both really impressive figures. On top of offering high levels of care, this place also excelled in several of the quality measures we looked at. With below five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it fared as well as any nursing home the nation in this category. This is typically an indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Many pressure ulcers can be prevented by offering better nursing care and having a policy of moving residents even once per day.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third area we looked at was short-term care. Contributing to its elite profile, this nursing home also performed well in that category. In fact, it received a grade of of A- in that category. Our short-term care scores are considered to be more important for individuals in need of rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation usually mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. This means not merely nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Remarkably, this facility provides approximately 1.5 times as many hours of services from physical therapists and registered nurses than most facilities we looked at. The last metric we looked at in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we rated is long-term care. We awarded this facility a solid score in this category, with a B-. Although this is not as strong as a few of this facility's other grades, it is still not a bad grade. Our long-term care grades are crucial for residents in need of non-healthcare services such as personal care. On top of providing quality levels of nursing care, this facility provided the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. This percentage is higher than most nursing homes. This combination proved to be successful as this place was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 5.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 3.46% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injuries are often caused by poor nursing care. Better nursing care can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 1.84% of Patients had UTIs
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term patients which have suffered from a UTI. UTI's could be a sign of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this metric may also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 11.43% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 19.98% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 3.3% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 94.28% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15.27% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and bathing. Some would argue that this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 22.13% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 22.13 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 10.43 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 75.83% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.