Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills is one of a mere two facilities located in La Fayette, Georgia. We gave this facility an overall grade of F. Based on our analysis, this nursing home likely isn't a good fit for anyone. We were surprised to find that this nursing home actually received one decent category score for inspections, which you can find more information about below.
Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Partnership
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Registered Staff Hours
Although we gave this facility a terrible overall grade, we awarded it a C for our inspections rating. In fact, the facility received very impressive inspection report this year. Inspection grades weigh a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. This facility was assessed 2 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but none were category G through L deficiencies. This indicates that it dodged the more serious categories of deficiencies. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
Short-term Care Quality
Sadly, this facility's second most favorable score was short-term care. Nevertheless, with a D in this area, it still performed relatively poorly. Short-term care grades are generally employed to measure a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to have highly rated rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to provide better levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. Given its score in this area, we weren't stunned to discover that this facility was well below average in terms of the number of physical therapy and registered nurse hours offered to its residents based on the data we assessed. Frankly, this was what we expected to find. The last measure we considered in this area is the number of patients who ultimately returned home from the nursing home. This facility struggled quite a bit in this metric as well, with just 5.6 percent of its residents returning home.
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Long-term Care Quality
We gave this nursing home a grade of just D for our long-term care score. This is well below average in this category. Nursing homes that receive this type of grade in long-term care may not provide the type of consistent around the clock care that some other facilities offer. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 93.55742 percent of its patients. This is a bit below what we expected but still a decent percentage. Surprisingly, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. This is its best feature in this category.
The final category we graded is nursing, in which this facility was given a very poor score in this area also. We gave it an F for this area, which is definitely very concerning. Nursing grades are based largely on quantity of nursing care available. This facility provided a meager 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing scores. This facility fared well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 10.37% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This gauges the percentage of long-term residents which have new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 3.17% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who have had a fall leading to serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 3.19% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 18.14% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term care residents which are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs are not medically required. However, some facilities need to rely on these medications due to having more residents with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 21.34% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 5.28% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 93.36% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 16.65% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 20.73% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 1.6 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 20.73 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 11.5 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the quality of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Pruitthealth - Shepherd Hills, 69.89% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements.
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