Pulaski Health Care Center is a small government-owned facility in Winamac, Indiana. This nursing home proved to be a very solid facility, with an overall grade of B. Based on our ratings, you could do much worse than this facility. The best part of this nursing home's strong report card was its inspection grade. We discuss inspections in the next section
Pulaski Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - County
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a strong overall grade, this nursing home performed even better in our inspections category which is based on the nursing home's recent inspections. In fact, we gave it an A for that area, which is one of our best grades. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection grades. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being relatively minor. This facility was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies an immediate threat to patient safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility is also strong in the category of short-term care, where it was awarded a grade of B+. It outpaced most facilities in this category. Our short-term care ratings are based in part on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final measure we assessed in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
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This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B. The nursing rating weighs several factors, however, the most important one is the number of nurse hours per patient per week. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we rated was long-term care, which proved to be this facility's least impressive category. Unfortunately, we gave it an abysmal F in this category, which is clearly a bit of a concern. For patients in need of a permanent residence rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. One of the criteria we considered after nurse's aid hours was vaccines. Fortunately, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 99.13044 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Pulaski Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 3.89% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are often the result of poor nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 1.96% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be misleading for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 13.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 21.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 12.38% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Higher rates of depression could be an indicator a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 91.56% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 16.12% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 17.5% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term residents who retained mobility levels.
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 1.36 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 17.5 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 11.23 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 73.53% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements.
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