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Preferred Care at Mercer

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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Preferred Care at Mercer's website

1201 Parkway Avenue,
Trenton NJ 08628

(609) 882-6900

88.59% estimated occupancy 1

Preferred Care at Mercer is located in Trenton, New Jersey, a city with a population of 230,121 people. This nursing home received a favorable overall grade of B+, resulting in it being ranked among the top five facilities in Trenton. Even with Trenton having 11 other nursing homes available, this one stands out as a first-rate choice. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection rating, which you can find in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

In addition to receiving a strong overall grade, this nursing home also earned top notch government inspections in recent years. We gave it one of our better grades in that area, with an A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. 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. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home was given high marks in the category of short-term care as well. Indeed, we awarded it one of our best grades in that area with a area of A-. In our short-term care category, we endeavor to craft a meaningful measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we analyze the nursing home's level of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the percentage of patients that eventually returned home from this facility. We found that 6.3 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

This facility also received a favorable long-term care grade. Indeed, we gave it an above average grade of B+ in this area. When nursing homes receive this type of score in long-term care it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. After considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next area we scored was nursing, in which this facility was given a grade of B-. Even though this turned out to be its least impressive category score, this is still not the end of the world. We looked at the licensure of nurses working for the nursing home, as well as the quantity of time the nurses were with residents, in computing our score in this area. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Lastly, our nursing scores also factor in quality-based measures, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this facility actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is typically an indicator that a nursing home has quality controls in place. Many falls can be avoided if a nursing home provides enough nurses aids to assist its patients.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Preferred Care at Mercer Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 9.28% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who are suffering from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a solid measure of nursing care quality.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 2.53% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term stay patients which had falls resulting in serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 1.65% of Patients had UTIs

This gauges the percent of long-term stay residents which have had a urinary tract infection. While a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be problematic to compare different nursing homes due to facilities having differing reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 10.6% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. These medications are used for treating a variety of medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 17.42% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This measures the percent of long-term stay patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 5.95% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who are demonstrating signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A-minus

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 91.97% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term stay patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 10.68% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Many believe that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 12.9% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that maintained mobility. Some believe that the ability to move around is critical to residents' mental and physical well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 1.68 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 12.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 8.37 Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Preferred Care at Mercer, 80.92% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percentage of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with ADL's generally correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.

Scores for Trenton, NJ

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A

Looking for more options? Trenton, New Jersey has 10 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Capital Health System-Fuld CampusAcute Care Hospitals 3.01 miles away750 Brunswick Ave Trenton New Jersey 08638Voluntary non-profit - Private(609) 394-6000
  • St Francis Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 4.27 miles away601 Hamilton Ave Trenton New Jersey 08629Voluntary non-profit - Church(609) 599-5000
  • Lower Bucks HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 11.6 miles away501 Bath Road Bristol Pennsylvania 19007Proprietary(215) 785-9200
  • Virtua Willingboro HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 15.59 miles away218a Sunset Road Willingboro New Jersey 08046Voluntary non-profit - Private(609) 835-2900
  • Aria HealthAcute Care Hospitals 16.54 miles away10800 Knights Road Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19114Voluntary non-profit - Private(215) 612-4129
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.36 miles away1648 Huntingdon Pike Jenkintown Pennsylvania 19046Voluntary non-profit - Church(215) 947-3000
  • Doylestown HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 18.44 miles away595 West State St Doylestown Pennsylvania 18901Voluntary non-profit - Private(215) 345-2200
  • Hunterdon Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 19.08 miles away2100 Wescott Drive Flemington New Jersey 08822Voluntary non-profit - Private(908) 788-6100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc Ewing0.93 miles away1962 North Olden Avenue Trenton New Jersey 08618CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (609) 671-1600
  • Physicians Dialysis Lawrenceville2.97 miles away1840 Princeton Avenue Lawrence Township New Jersey 08648CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 18 (609) 278-0999
  • Fmc Trenton3.14 miles away40 Fuld Street 1st Floor Trenton New Jersey 08638CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 28 (609) 394-5104
  • H. Fuld Capital Health4.27 miles awayDialysis Unit 750 Brunswick Ave Trenton New Jersey 08638CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 31 (609) 394-6000
  • Davita Renal Ctr Trenton4.66 miles awayC/O St. Francis Hospital 601 Hamilton Ave 1st Floor Trenton New Jersey 08629Dialysis Stations: 18 (609) 393-2388
  • Davita Renal Center Hamilton6.29 miles away1013 Whitehorse Avenue Trenton New Jersey 08610Dialysis Stations: 19 (609) 438-3002
  • Fmc Hamilton Home LLC6.52 miles away3836 Quakerbridge Road Suite 208 Trenton New Jersey 08619Dialysis Stations: 4 (609) 586-5001
  • Dialysis Center at Oxford Court6.68 miles away930 Town Center Drive, Suite G-100 Langhorne Pennsylvania 19047Dialysis Stations: 14 (215) 750-9831