Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home is a small non-profit nursing home in Benkelman, Nebraska. This nursing home proved to be a grade A facility, which is a dominant score. Based on the data we reviewed, you can not go wrong with this facility. This place also received consistently good ratings in each of the major categories. Additional information about these categories is available below.
Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
P O Box 646, 407 Dakota Street,
Benkelman NE 69021
46.42% estimated occupancy 1
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Long-term Care Quality
On top of being a first rate facility overall, this facility also excelled in the area of long-term care, where it earned an impressive grade of A+. Few facilities performed better in this area. Nursing homes that excel in this category typically are well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to residents. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients, which is very impressive. Pneumonia sadly can be a deadly illness for nursing home residents so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. Our nursing rating is largely associated with the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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This nursing home also received a nearly flawless inspection report. It received one of our best grades in that category with a score of A. Perhaps the most important factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with better grades in this area typically dodged the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This nursing home was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to create an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the last category, this nursing home was given an excellent short-term care grade. We gave it a grade of B+ in that category, completing one of our more favorable report cards. Our short-term care scores are based on the facility's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a vast range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final measure we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 6.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic gauges the percent of long-term residents who suffer from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 4.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents which have experienced falls which resulted in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be a sign of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 3.53% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care. Better hygiene protocols reduces the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 19.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 20.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are used to treat residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 3.91% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Increased rates of depression may be an indicator worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 92.75% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 15.57% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 16.66% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, 16.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.