Quality Life Services - Chicora is the sole facility we identified in Chicora, Pennsylvania. This nursing home is a relatively poor nursing home. A grade of this caliber suggests we found a few red flags. Based on our analysis, this facility may not be the best fit for most people. If you aren't deterred by this facility's profile, you can continue reading to find out about its category scores. Inspection grades are discussed in the next section.
Quality Life Services - Chicora
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Adult Day Care
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
Although we did not rate this nursing home favorably overall, we want to draw your attention to its excellent health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A- in this category. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating our inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively minor. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were severe based on CMS' scale. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility's next best area ended up being long-term care. In that category, we awarded this nursing home a C. In a long-term care environment, the facility's primary objective is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. On top of looking at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 95.80838 percent of its residents, which is better than most nursing homes. Finally, this nursing home was also able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
Unfortunately, we gave this facility an F for its short-term care score. Short-term care grades are commonly used to grade a nursing home's rehabilitation services To offer highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to have better levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other types of therapists. With a score this poor for this area, we were not shocked to learn this facility was below average in many staffing figures we looked at. The nursing home supplied significantly fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per patient than most other facilities. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.1 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor statistics sunk this facility's short-term care score.
Turning to the last category, this facility really did not perform very well here either. Due to a rock bottom grade of F in nursing, this is really as terrible as it gets. Nursing ratings are mostly tied to a facility's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls.
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, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint is is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are an indicator of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term residents who had a fall which resulted in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 1.92% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often the result of facilities with worst hygiene practices. More frequent bathing can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Note that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This gauges the percent of long-term residents who are administered antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs are not medically required. However, some nursing homes need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients suffering from cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 19.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 3.23% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 88.5% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 15.28% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 23.65% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to the physical well-being of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 23.65 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 8.84 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Quality Life Services - Chicora, 72.22% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with activities of daily living typically correlates with better rehabilitation services.