With an address in Sitka, Alaska, Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc is the sole nursing home we were able to find in this city. With an A+ overall grade, we ranked this facility in the top ten percent of all nursing homes in the United States. You simply can not do much better than this place. Scroll down to see this place's category ratings, which also impressed us. You just can't do much better than a straight A report card.
Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Bariatric Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ for nursing. Our nursing rating weighs many datapoints. The most heavily weighted factor is the number of hours nurses spend with patients. This facility provided 0.8 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 often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility also received an A+ long-term care grade, rendering it one of the few facilities to be given multiple A+ category scores. Nursing homes that receive this kind of score in long-term care tend to provide consistent around the clock care to make sure residents are kept in good health. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is far higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was awarded a very strong short-term care grade. In fact, this turned out to be its third most impressive category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A. Our short-term care grades are based on the nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a vast range of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
Adding to its impressive category grades, this nursing home also excelled in the area of inspections, where it received a score of A-. This wrapped up a straight A report card for this place. Perhaps the most critical factor we look at in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Nursing homes with higher scores in this category typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 8.38% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 3.61% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are routinely linked to poor nursing care. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 3.66% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint may be misleading for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 16.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to patients for many medical conditions, including dementia. Unfortunately, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 14.83% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 8.01% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 96.22% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 11.64% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 18.51% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is often a great sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sitka Community Hospital-Ltc, 18.51 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of patients.