Preferred Care at Mercer is located in Trenton, New Jersey, a city with a population of 230,121 people. With an overall grade of B+, it proved to be ranked among the five best nursing homes in Trenton. In spite of Trenton offering 11 nursing homes to choose from, this nursing home stood out as a great option. This nursing home's strong report card was highlighted by its inspection rating, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
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Preferred Care at Mercer
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a quality facility overall, this facility also excelled in the area of inspections, where it earned an A. Not many facilities performed better in that category. Perhaps the most important factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities with better scores in this category most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. 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.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home was given high marks in the category of long-term care as well. Indeed, we awarded it one of our best grades in that area with a area of A-. Facilities that receive this type of grade in this category tend to provide consistent around the clock care to ensure patients are kept in good health. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is far higher than most nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home received a favorable short-term care score as well. We awarded it one of our higher grades in that area with a grade of B. Our short-term care scores are considered to be most meaningful for individuals needing rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation usually requires additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not merely nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Switching gears to the last area, this nursing home was given an acceptable nursing rating. Although this is not quite as good as many of its other grades, this is truly not a poor grade. In calculating a facility's nursing score, we weigh the amount of time nurses are seeing patients and the levels of training of those nurses. This facility averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day, which is well below average. Finally, nursing grades also factor in quality-based metrics, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this facility actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually an indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls can be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses aids to assist its patients.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Preferred Care at Mercer Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 8.82% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can reduce the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 1.63% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term patients which have had falls which resulted in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 0.87% of Patients had UTIs
This metric gauges the percent of long-term patients who experienced urinary tract infections. Although more of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare different nursing homes due to facilities having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 1.81% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to patients for many medical conditions, including cognitive disorders. Sadly, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 2.64% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 7.98% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Increased levels of depression could be an indicator lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 98.83% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 4.23% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 1.82% of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 1.82% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 7.28% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Preferred Care at Mercer, 78.77% of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's usually correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
Scores for Trenton, NJ
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- 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-minus
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- Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.36 miles away1648 Huntingdon Pike Jenkintown Pennsylvania 19046Voluntary non-profit - Church(215) 947-3000
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- Hunterdon Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 19.08 miles away2100 Wescott Drive Flemington New Jersey 08822Voluntary non-profit - Private(908) 788-6100
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