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 Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- 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 really excelled in the category of short-term care, where we awarded it a grade of A-. Very few facilities performed better in this category. Short-term care ratings are based in part on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a wide range of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final item we looked at in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned 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. Our nursing score consists of several components, most of which are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility Indiana in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving patients at least once a day.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to our final area, this nursing home did not fare well. Due to a poor grade of F in that area, this is obviously this nursing home's weakest category. If you are seeking services other than short-term rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care grades. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Thankfully, this nursing home gave the vaccine to 99.15967 percent of its patients, which is a very solid figure. Surprisingly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has less hospitalizations than most nursing homes. Sadly, some of its other scores in this category were not 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, 7.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients which are suffering from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 3.93% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term stay residents that had falls which caused major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 1.87% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of nursing care . UTI's are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric may also be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 13.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 21.77% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term patients that are prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are typically given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 12.89% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 91.48% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 15.74% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 15.7% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 1.46 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 15.7 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 11.29 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Pulaski Health Care Center, 73.78% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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