Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center is one of a mere three facilities in this city. This facility received an overall grade of B, which is favorable grade. At the end of the day, this facility is a solid choice for quite a few people. This facility is better in some categories than others, but it did not have any weak links in any of the four major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this facility also received first-rate health inspections in recent years. We awarded them one of our higher grades in this category, with a grade of A-. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection grades. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite minor. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Remember that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in the industry.
One of the other reasons we graded this facility so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. In that area, we gave this nursing home an B+. The nursing score analyzes a handful of factors, many of which are associated with levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third area we looked at was short-term care. In that category, we awarded this facility a grade of B-. In computing our short-term care grades, we size up a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other types of therapists. This category is generally a fair assessment of the facility's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who returned home from this facility. We found that 4.2 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below average.
Long-term Care Quality
Our last area is long-term care, where we awarded this facility a grade of C in that category. Long-term care grades assess a nursing home's personal care rather than the skilled therapy and medical services that are critical to a rehabilitation facility. Once we finished looking at the volume of nursing care, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination record. We were pleased to discover that this nursing home vaccinated 98.722046 percent of its residents for pneumonia. This nursing home also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 9.9% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic measures the percent of long-term stay patients who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 0.96% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls leading to injury are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 0.68% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely caused by nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 5.26% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 1.17% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many believe this is a reliable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 97.48% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 10.87% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of decline of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 11.47% of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 11.47% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 14.61% of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center, 79.66% of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some believe that this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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