Quality Life Services - Chicora is the sole facility we identified in Chicora, Pennsylvania. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A score of this caliber requires some decent scores. Based on our analysis, this facility ought to meet the needs of many people. The best part of this facility's report card was its exemplary inspection score. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph.
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Quality Life Services - Chicora
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- Independent Living
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- Adult Day Care
- Memory Care
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Partnership
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Bariatric Care
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Registered Staff Hours
The primary reason this facility received a decent overall grade is its impeccable government inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our better scores in that category, with a grade of A. This is a notably better score than the place's overall grade, which was decent but not in the elite range. Perhaps the most significant factor we look at in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Places with better scores in this category typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. A few minor deficiencies are not necessarily something to panic about.
Long-term Care Quality
We also gave this facility a favorable grade in long-term care. This facility earned a grade of B in this category, which is one of our higher grades. When nursing homes receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 97.15099 percent of its patients, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia is too frequently a life threatening health condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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This facility's next best category grade came in the area of nursing. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of C. Our nursing rating assesses the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of skill of the nurses as well as the amount of time spent with residents. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place excelled in some of the quality measures we looked at. In fact, it scored well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these areas to be reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is just as important as the number of hours of care offered.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's worst area was short-term care, which is the last area we assessed. For this category, we gave this facility a grade of just D. In computing our short-term care ratings, we quantify the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to formulate a measure for comparing the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. In this nursing home's case, we found that it provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. This wasn't a strength for this facility. We found that just 4.3 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, around half of their residents are able to return home so this is well below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Quality Life Services - Chicora Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 5.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term care residents who suffer from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 5.98% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 1.16% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of nursing care . UTI's are routinely associated with poor nursing care. However, this datapoint may also be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 23.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 24.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally used to treat patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 5.97% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who are demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 97.56% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 8.81% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate decline of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 7.95% of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were able to retain mobility. Some would argue that mobility is important for residents' mental and physical health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 7.95% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 9.79% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of 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
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 87.01% of Resident
This is the percent of short-term residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.