Rocky Mountain Care Center is one of just a few available facilities in Helena, Montana. This nursing home is a grade A facility, which is a dominant rating. Indeed, we were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it as the number one facility in Helena. This facility also received very consistent ratings in all of our categories. More information about these categories is available below.
Rocky Mountain Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
30 S Rodney St,
Helena MT 59601
16.73% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
We also wanted to emphasize that this nursing home has received near flawless health inspections recently. We awarded them an A+ in this area. Inspection scores weigh several factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this area tend to have very few of these severe deficiencies. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its report, none were serious based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
This facility also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. The nursing score weighs several datapoints, but the paramount consideration is the quantity of nurse hours per patient per week. This particular nursing home provided 4.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day, which was among the highest totals we found. Lastly, we also looked at nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing ratings. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We view these metrics as good measures of the caliber of nursing care offered, since better care tends to reduce these problems.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility also was given a first-rate long-term care grade. This actually ended up being its third best category score. In that area, this facility received a grade of A-. Facilities that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to residents. One of the datapoints we considered on top of this facility's above average nursing hours was vaccinations. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 98.46154 percent of its patients. Vaccines are a great way to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for seniors. This combination proved to be effective as this nursing home was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Short-term Care Quality
In the last category we scored, this nursing home was awarded a very favorable grade of B+ in our short-term care category. With this grade, the facility topped off a very impressive profile. Short-term care scores are critical for individuals requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a vast range of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. This nursing home elevated its grade in this category by offering more care from registered nurses to its residents than the average facility. Lastly, we considered the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. This place fared better than most nursing homes with 52.7 percent of its patients returning home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Rocky Mountain Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 7.73% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 5.17% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls leading to injury are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients who have suffered from urinary tract infections. While a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare different nursing homes due to nursing homes having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 16.56% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that are administered antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of residents suffering from cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 15.24% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic gauges the percent of long-term stay residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 5.37% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 93.08% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 16.19% 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. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 20.41% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that retained mobility levels. Many in the industry argue that mobility is important for patients mental and physical health.
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 1.07 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 20.41 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 13.15 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Rocky Mountain Care Center, 74.93% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements.
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